The idea was to keep the cost cheap and build only as my budget would allow at moment. The first priority with the bar was to have a place where friends can sit around and drink.
As the title of the thread says I've never done anything like this before. I've build a riser and screen for the theater but those were simple compared to a bar. There are many things I would have done differently.
I'm already a couple of months into the build so any suggestions will most likely help someone more than me. But I still welcome them for next time.
Here's what the area looked like before.
I wasn't sure exactly where I was going to put the bar until I started laying out the 2x4.
And so the framing begins.
As you will notice the space gets messier as I progress.
The support for the counter.
The base of the bar top. Notice I added more studs in the frame. Learning the hard way.
Skinning the bar front.
Testing out the bar railing.
Here's the bar top as I originally planned.
I had the bar top stained and ready to be permanently fixed. Then I decided I didn't like the plywood I got. I think I sanded it down too far and it had places where you could see the "wood" under the oak. So I scrapped that idea and decided to install oak flooring on the top.
More to come once I upload the pictures.