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Internet Tools: How to Build a Bar0

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Several years ago, a friend of mine turned his backyard into one big (and exceptionally beautiful) outdoor bar.  He had all of the necessary ingredients: a professional keg/tap system, beer signs and lights—even a distressed copper counter top for the bar itself.

Ever since then I’ve wanted to build my own private beverage place.  And apparently, my friend and I are not alone.   There are home improvement gurus all over the Internet giving out free advice about how to build a bar.   

  • Wood Shop Demos:  This very detailed, multi-page guide on building a standing bar is extremely informative.  It also contains a ton of pictures for reference.
  • Canadian Plywood:  This company offers a 10 page  instruction book with everything you need to know about building a freestanding bar including a cutting diagram, an assembly plan, and ideas for decorative finishes.  
  • Ask The Builder:  Syndicated columnist Tim Carter shares his thoughts on building a wet bar.  Plans are included, as well as an area to ask questions and post comments.  He also addresses lighting concerns and puts some emphasis on what kind of bar top works best.

Now, I’m really ready to build my bar - but maybe I’ll have a  drink first. 

Or maybe not.  I’d like to have enough fingers left at the end to hold a bottle of beer.

Anybody with a good story (or photos) of building a home bar, please post in the comments below. 

by John Barker

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