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All right. So I did mention this is a full wood bar, which means we’re going to be using some great quality would, starting with a 3/4-inch piece of ply. You’re going to need about three sheets of that.
Then we’re going to use something for the decorative elements called figured ply, which is just a little thicker. And it’s actually solid wood. And Rob will tell us more about that in just a little bit. You’re also going to need no stain for this, no paint. We’re going straight up shellac. We’re going with that amber shellac. And we’ll talk about that in a little bit, too. And you’re going to want some denatured alcohol just in case you get the shellac anywhere else. Like my fingers were completely yellow earlier. So that helped out a lot. Now, you’re also going to need this bad boy here. This is a corbel. All right. And this is a solid wood element made with a decorative scroll. That’s going to actually act as an accent for our bar. OK. So these are the basic materials. You don’t need too much. Now, keep in mind, if that’s too expensive for you because birch sometimes, the finished birch can be a little expensive, you can always opt for a lesser-grade wood. Now, as far as tools, you’re going to need a wide array of tools for this, starting with your circular saw. If you have a table saw, that’s definitely going to help you make those larger cuts because this bar that we made is completely ginormous. It’s about six foot long by, I don’t know, about three foot tall. All right. So get yourself a circular. You’re going to want a nail gun, a router, a sanding device, and a couple drills. All right. We’re creating a pretty beefy bar at six feet long by two feet deep. So first we need to make a solid base structure for this bar using 3/4-inch birch plywood. So we cut and assemble two sides, a top, bottom, and front, and tacked it all together. To give it a flawless appearance, we attach the pieces using pocket-hole joinery which hides your screws in the back of the boards. Once that’s assembled, we sanded it all down, flipped it on its side, and put on the casters. Now we’re ready to move on to the front. Using 3/4-inch figured birch, which is a more decorative finishing birch, we created something that looks a lot like two picture frames next to each other, which creates depth and a decorative element to the front. Then we put on some beautiful wood corbels and route out a decorative edge for the bar top. Now we’re almost ready to belly up to the bar. That’s right. We are almost there. So we’re going to finish this up live.
And joining me in the studio is our resident carpenter extraordinaire, rolling in the bar, Mr. Rob North. What’s up, pal? Hey, hey, hey. Good to see you, man. Heck of a job on this bad boy. It’s not finished yet, folks. So if you’re wondering where the actual serving top is, hold your horses. All right, Rob, let’s go through this, deconstruct, because this was a monstrosity. Let’s go over dimensions first. Absolutely, absolutely. What we have here is a bar that is, in fact, six feet wide, 42 inches tall, which is standard bar height. Right. 36 inches tall back here which is standard countertop height. That’s right. And 24 inches deep. OK. And then what we’re missing here is the actual serving element. That’s going to be about, I don’t know, about 9 or 10 inches? A total of 16. 16, but it’s going to jet off about nine inches. About nine inches over the overhang. OK. Cool. So let’s start with adding some of the bells and whistles on this. Now, to get this finish, as I mentioned earlier, we used shellac. Now, I’m typically a stain fan. I like to get the grain in there and use maybe reds. And I was thinking for this project we would go with kind of a redwood look for it. Then Rob suggested shellac, which is not typical in my world. But as a woodworker, you work with it often. Yeah. As a matter of fact, I try to stay away from stains. Stains can be muddy. They can muddy the grain. And if that, you know– Who likes a muddy grain? Yeah. I don’t like a muddy grain. I don’t think anybody does. But what shellac does is it lends an antique quality. It does. That sepia tone element. Exactly. Exactly. It’s something you can’t get with a stain. And since we were going for that parlor bar feel, that old English pub style, you know, that actually was a great choice for shellac. Not only that, it actually seals up the wood. It makes it moisture proof so that when you are serving drinks, you don’t have to worry about if something spills. Exactly. All right. Let’s tack on some final elements to these. Pass me a corbel, please. Now, these are corbels, folks. Now, you see these in a lot of antique homes. You might see them in entryways and archways. And what they really do is provide a decorative element that you could never recreate unless you had, what, like a CNC machine. A CNC or– A scrolling device. –a scrolling device. And, let me see, ones for the middle. And this is it. That would be why it didn’t fit well. No. Or a set of gauges and a chisel and a lot of patience. Yeah. And they do mount, by the way. I’m going to take this back off. If you see, they have a back bracket to it that’s kind of inset into the wood itself. So you want to make sure you pre-drill your screws, have them set at the right depth. And then wiggle it around until you get it, like I did there. Yep, just like that. So now we have the decorative elements set. You want to do this step first because once you put your top on, it ain’t going to work. All right. So let’s grab that top over here. Now, Rob, while we’re doing this, let’s talk about the difference between figured birch, which I always thought was fingered birch for some reason until Rob clarified. What is the difference between the ply birch and the figured birch? Well, ply is, like any plywood, a very thin layer of whatever the species is on top, in this case birch. And the problem with a ply birch is that you don’t get the depth of grain. Now, figured birch, what it actually is– So while Rob describes it, I’m going to go ahead and just drill this in and secure it. What figured birch actually is, it’s a quality of the wood that is hard to capture through any other means but the way they cut it. And it’s something that’s actually God-given. It’s like a reflective quality. Pause. [DRILL NOISE] Continue. Thank you. It’s a reflective quality. It’s feel good in a wood. You see how we do wood? You like that? Everyone makes fun of us here because, oh, we like wood. Not that way, all right. What I’m saying is we have an– No, no, not like that. No. –affinity for quality product. All right? And the difference between what he’s talking about is a hardwood is really just pure, solid birch. Absolutely. All right. It’s like stripping the tree and having good wood. And I’m telling you, God stuck His foot in it. You know what I mean? That’s right. You know what I mean? That’s a good saying. God stuck His foot in it. God stuck His foot in it. All right. So what we’re doing is just securing the top down from the back. And then a face plate will actually go over this to keep it all clean looking. All right. .