Beware of "Frame construction"... Frame construction is a type of construction in which the external parts of an assembly are dependent on an internal wooden frame for support. It's a great way to build a house, but not so good for building a home bar. The best designs for home furniture do not have interior wood frames. There are many reasons why:
1. First of all, interior framing is not necessary when the structure is properly designed. There is more than enough strength in the plywood and lumber used in making the bar. Our designs utilize "sectional" sub-assemblies. Each section can be pre-assembled in the workshop and "finished" prior to final setup. In this way, your bar can easily be moved in sections through doorways and around corners. Imagine building a full size bar in your family room, and the disruption that would cause! Also, a bar that comes apart in sections can be transported if you should ever need to move away, and would like to take your bar to your new home.
2. Stud lumber (2x4s) are generally not good quality lumber. They are usually full of knots and not very straight making assembly difficult. No matter how accurately you cut the plywood panels and "trims", they may not fit properly when mounted. Also, the stud lumber will be visible from the bartender's side unless you use double wall construction, or add doors to hide the studs.
3. If you plan to install the bar in your basement, be aware that basement floors are usually sloped in all directions toward a floor drain. It's more difficult and time consuming to build and level a "frame" than it is to line up 2 or 3 pre-assembled base sections and screw them together. Remember, the tops are separate and will be attached from the underside. You will need to have a sturdy and flat surface under the top sections. Otherwise, the bar top may appear "wavey" after its mounted and finishes are applied.
4. Remember, "frame construction" is great for building houses, but not furniture. When building a house, the frame is large enough to work inside of it. When making furniture, access becomes limited when it comes to mounting the fronts, ends, partitions, shelving, etc. Also, if another site doesn't specify their construction methods, be sure to question them about it before you make your purchase. You could save yourself a lot of time and aggravation.