Ok, one of the items still on the "to do" list is the bar top. Many have asked about it so here goes. About a year ago Mr. 60' ash tree took a liking to my parents house during a wind storm. No one was hurt but mom still get's a little nervous when storm warnings hit the TV.
Yes it did some damage, 8 trusses needed replaced, new decking and roofing along with the normal drywall, electrical, paint............stuff on the inside.
At the time of the tree accident the bar/theater at my house was in the drywall stage. Dad had the idea to have the tree cut into logs when it was removed from the house.
60' ash tree, meet Mr. Stihl with the very sharp teeth.
We ended up with around 6 or 8 logs, 14 to 16' long and 18 to 20" in diameter. While enjoying a cold beverage with a foot resting on one of the logs the idea came that this might be a cool bartop.
Ash logs, meet Mr. Wood Mizer the portable saw mill.
Mr. Wood Mizer with it's 20 horse v-twin Koelher does a nice job of slicing logs into lumber.
The result was several 2" thick slabs, 14" wide and 14 to 16' long.
At this point the slabs have been plained to 1 1/2" and have been sliced into 2x6 and 2x8 boards and are ready to be run thru a jointer and put together with bisquits. After that it's back to the plainer. Chicago bar rail is a must but then I'm kinda unsure as to what I'm going to do. I've thought about using something on the boards (linseed oil) to bring out the grain but I don't want to change the color to much. It is really nice looking wood the way it is. I definitely want to go the route of the envirotex. So anyone with envirotex experience, once the pour is complete how does it change the color and characteristics of the wood? I have new pictures of the bar to post that will show the color of the cabinets. I want the bartop to stay lighter in color than the cabinets to add some contrast. I'm a complete noob at this so any feedback will be greatly appreciated. With the story behind the tree I really want to get this right first time. I don't know that I have enough wood left to start over if I mess it up.