How To Build A Home Bar (Part 2)

Regular readers of the the blog will know that The Winchester (my home bar) has been a subject of much fun-poking among both my friends and family for some time. Long ago i made the mistake of stating how great it would be to build a bar in my garage, and so for the last 2 years i’ve been collecting donations of old bar with the aim of putting it all together in a glorious man-cave of epic proportions. With the current lockdown situation in affect and to quote Louis Armstrong : We have all the time in the world (to build a bar).

If you’ve read part one of this project ( you’ll know the foundations were laid and work was set to progress in time for an opening in Summer 2019. Life got in the way and by the time Winter rolled round again the garage was full of crap and i was grumpily hibernating like the textbook middle-aged bear that i am.

It took an afternoon of Covid-related isolation to get the garage cleared and once again the work proceeded. If anything the current situation has reiterated the need for a private bar, and the importance of having a nice cold pint and waiting “for all this to blow over”

Having previously nailed 2 pallets together for the sake of judging the size, i figured the top should go on to give it some sort of shape. Again this was just a 8ft by 2 ft piece of wood i had sourced.

I attached it at 3 points from the top down – either end and at the middle where the 2 pallets joined together. Nothing fancy just some long-ass nails down through the top and into the thicker parts of the pallet frames. As it currently stands it may not support the full weight of a person either side of the base but it will support the weight of pints and a row of leaning punters, so that’s good enough for me for now.

The point is the actual bar itself now has a shape. Obviously it’s going to take some cosmetic work to make it look the part and a bit of engineering to give it the stability it deserves but for now it’s enough to build on.

I’ve found that one thing that held the project back was reluctance to carry out work because i didnt know how or someone said they would help and i was constantly waiting for the qualified people to do it for me. I also had plans for extensive reworking of walls etc instead of just using what i had – be that knowledge, tools, or willingness to make mistakes to get further along.

I began with some the cosmetic additions to the bar. I put this piece together relatively easily and with minimum swear words. There are some fantastic infinity mirrors made from these frames online and plenty of variations in blueprint form that you can work from. I’ll upload a few to our Pinterest board ( I preferred to wing-it myself and wanted to use a microphone my father had given me in a tribute to my days in bands.

Ribba frame from IKEA (£5), LED strip lighting from Ebay (£2), adhesive mirror panels from Ebay (2cm by 2cm) (£1), Gold-plated AKG D 1000C (family heirloom), an hour of my precious time (priceless).

To be continued….

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