How much do the
materials cost and where do I get them from?
Our Mini Bar (at about $150) and our Speedy-build straight shape bar (at about $175) are the
least expensive to build. This is because they are designed utilizing the least expensive
lumber available, namely Pine. Other designs such as our Wet bar, our Shape-Shifter series and
our "Classic" series can also be built using Pine but are usually constructed of Oak or Maple.
If you elect to use Pine, it is best to use clear (knot free) Pine for the moldings and trims.
The plywood used should be a good grade of sanded Pine or furniture grade plywood, not BC
plywood or sheathing. All of our bar designs use American standard size "dimensional lumber"
and plywood sheets. All lumber and hardware used is generally available from your local "Home
Center" store with the exception of custom cut mirrors (where used) and brass bar railing. For
an approximate materials cost to build a specific model please contact us.
What is the difference between the
"Classic" series and the "Shape-Shifter" series plans?
Our Classic series bar plans were developed as a means for those with average woodworking
abilities (using average shop equipment) to build a high quality home bar without having to pay
the enormous cost of having a bar custom built and installed by others. In comparison to the
Classic L shape series, the Shape-Shifter series is somewhat easier to build and less expensive
to buy the materials. You can of course "dress up" the Shape-Shifter with additional moldings,
etc. The Shape-Shifter is designed to facilitate easy change to the bars length and other
features. Also, the shape-shifter accommodates changes to the cabinetry, allowing for
installation of beer dispensers and other under-the-bar equipment.
Do your plans include instructions on
how to install electrical wiring in the bar?
Although we design many of our bars to include space for concealed electrical wiring, we do not
provide information on how to install it. Electrical codes can be very strict and vary from one
locality to another. Before you install wiring for outlets, lighting, etc. in your bar, we
suggest you contact your electrician so that your installation will be in full compliance with
your local electrical codes.
How hard is it to build the Classic L
You don't need to be a craftsman to build the Classic L shaped bar from our plans. Most of our
customers are do-it-yourselfers with basic woodworking knowledge.
What tools and/or equipment do I need
to build a bar using your plans?
To make the parts for any of our bar designs (except SPEEDY-BUILD®) you should have a table
saw, router, jig saw and an electric drill. To assemble your bar you will need some basic hand
tools such as a hammer, power screwdriver and gluing clamps. Our Speedy-Build bar does NOT
require a table saw, router or a jig saw. The only power tools required for SPEEDY-BUILD® are a
circular saw and an electric drill.
Can the bar be installed over
If you will be installing your bar in a previously carpeted room, it is best to set the bar
directly on the carpet (Do not cut the carpet out for the bar). In time, the bar will "settle"
into carpet the same as a large china closet or an entertainment center would do. On the other
hand, if the room is not yet carpeted, you can secure the bar to the floor, and have your
carpeting installed around the base of the bar if you wish.
What if I want to install my bar
outdoors on a covered patio?
Any of our bar plans can be constructed for outdoor use, however you must use appropriate
materials. The lumber and plywood used should be resistant to insects as well as moisture. A
good choice for the lumber is Cedar (often used to build decks). The plywood can be TX-111
which is made from Cedar. All fasteners should be rust resistant (use galvanized deck screws
and galvanized nails). You should also protect the bar with a good quality spar urethane finish
with UV protection.