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Here are two examples of what I am wanting to do. I realize these countertops are made of concrete, but I was curious if any thinks it would be possible to just drill wholes in a prefab countertop and push fiber optic lights through from the backside. Maybe I need to start a thread. I don't want to hijack this one. I just figured since a lot of people here have great bar ideas....

I think drilling holes in a prefab countertop might be problematic. A couple of issues I can think of off hand are sealing the holes for watertightness and getting a consistent look.

Making a concrete countertop with the fiberoptic cable built-in isn't that hard. Check out Fu-Tung Cheng's website (I don't know the address offhand). He's a master, and has detailed dvds and books available that give a step-by-step of how to make concrete counters.
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I think drilling holes in a prefab countertop might be problematic. A couple of issues I can think of off hand are sealing the holes for watertightness and getting a consistent look.

Making a concrete countertop with the fiberoptic cable built-in isn't that hard. Check out Fu-Tung Cheng's website (I don't know the address offhand). He's a master, and has detailed dvds and books available that give a step-by-step of how to make concrete counters.


WOW! I found his site... http://www.chengdesign.com/

Hmmm, okay, now I ask the question. Anyone on here know of anyone who has tried making a concrete countertop? I might just be crazy enough to try it. Just not sure how I would move it once it was formed.
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There's a poster here at AVS that created a concrete countertop. He posted in one of the myriad bar threads that are sprinkled around here and in the other construction forums.
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Hey All:

I've been following this thread while I've been building my bar and wanted to share some pics. It's about 11ft long and I left a little over 3 feet behind the
bar so I would have room to move around. Cabinets were unfinished oak form the Borg and used 2 layers of 3/4 inch ply for tile base. I still need to do the bar back and plan on a glass rack above the sink. How did you all attach the mirror to your bar backs?? Take Care
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Here's a couple more pics (wish I knew how to make them show up in the post).
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Wow Daverph.. very nice work. The tile looks great and I really like the dark stain. I like your trim also. You are really going to enjoy that bad boy! Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Hey Now,great Bar, What brand are the red seats in your theater?
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Sundull,

The booths are Central Restaurant Supply.

http://www.centralrestaurant.com/Uph...-c130g835.html

The theater seats are Berklines.
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Fall is here and it's been a while since I posted any updates, I've been working on the stage panels in my spare time. Taking black fabric photos is difficult. I've also been tying up loose ends outside before the weather gets worse. We have over 10 acres so we stay pretty busy.

Here is a pic from a couple of summers ago. Our front yard is a 3 acre pond



One from last fall looking from the front porch



Facing left side of the house towards Little North Mountain

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Looks like a great place!

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HeyNow, Great spot!!!
did you have any problems with the water level in that pond this year? A few blocks from me a guy has a pond that almost dried up this summer.
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Thanks Bud/BIGmouthinDC,

Jeff, we were down about 18 inches this year. Deepest part is about 14 feet deep on the far end and 4 feet deep near the house. We have a pretty big watershed since we are located at the base of the mountain. So when we get any rain, the inflow will last a couple of days. I'm guessing that we might have a small spring feeding the deep end.
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Very scenic. I hope the prevailing winds don't blow all those leaves onto your property, though. I'd HATE to rake all of THOSE up!
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Rake? Never!
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I'm taking a guess here, but is that very high quality crown molding ?
it really looks like it, so I thought I would ask !
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The beginning of the application of the bar railing. I love this stuff. It drove me crazy, but it looks good and is very comfortable.

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wow, nice built also softball !

I'm going to guess again, is that crown molding ?

and what about the top, is that wood flooring ? or is that a laminate ?
it looks amazing.


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The bar is finally finished. As you can see in the photo's, I stole Randy's plans blind!

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No crown...it's bar railing.
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Hi Randy,

where would I get this stuff ? I haven't a clue where to even start looking.

I'd really appreciate a link if you have one where you bought yours.

Beauty of a job I might add, I could see myself entertaining there for hours. An amazing cozy spot indeed !


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No crown...it's bar railing.

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Hi Randy,

I did a Google for "bar railing" and I am not having any success finding wooden trim for the top of the bar as you have there. All I'm getting is the metal railings you would put your feet on for example, or a metal railing that would attach to the top of a bar you'd see in a pub or commercial bar... maybe I"m using the wrong lingo.
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Zippo,

Try Rockler. I think Bud mentioned he saw it there. Look in your local yellow pages for Hardwood dealers, or high end lumber yards. You should see it there. I got mine at McDaniels Hardwoods near me. Look back through this thread and you will see a couple of links. They have a website but no pictures of the railing.

Good luck.
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Here is an example. I bought mine from a local "specialty" lumber yard. The occasional Lowes or HD will be able to special order it, but will probably be getting it from that same specialty place.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...bar%20rail
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Check your local yellow pages for a "mill" yard, where they "mill" lumber for specialty trim like this. That's where I got mine.
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Hi Randy,

Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

Randy, what is the size of your bar rail, do you remember offhand the
dimensions of it ? , I found a place but they have 2 different sizes of rail, and one is a lot more per foot, so if I knew what size yours was, that would give me a better visual in my head on what I would like on my future bar.

The "larger" rail has these dimensions:
Imperial Size => 1-3/4" x 5-1/4" Metric Size => 44mm x 133mm

The "smaller" rail has these dimensions:
Imperial Size => 1-1/4" x 3-5/8" Metric Size => 32mm x 92mm

which one would be closer to the size that you added to your bar Randy ?

Thanks for any info, that would be greatly appreciated.

Patrick and Irmo, thanks also for your input, I'm checking that link and will do a search for that keyword.



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Zippo,

Try Rockler. I think Bud mentioned he saw it there. Look in your local yellow pages for Hardwood dealers, or high end lumber yards. You should see it there. I got mine at McDaniels Hardwoods near me. Look back through this thread and you will see a couple of links. They have a website but no pictures of the railing.

Good luck.

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Zippo, check out post #29 on the first page of this thread. You will see a cross section of my bar and it will show you the exact bar railing I used. There are several large bar railing applications out there. Mine has steps to use two 3/4 ply wood substrates.

Once you see the cross section pics, you will understand.

Good luck
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Hi Randy,

I went over and looked, and from the shape of the bar railing, it's the exact same shape as the one I can get my hands on, however, I'm still puzzled as to the actual width of the one you have there.

I'm going to guess the width is about the same as the large model I described in my other post before this one.

Offhand, do you know what the diameter is of the top of your railing ?

here are the 2 that are available to me below...




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Zippo, check out post #29 on the first page of this thread. You will see a cross section of my bar and it will show you the exact bar railing I used. There are several large bar railing applications out there. Mine has steps to use two 3/4 ply wood substrates.

Once you see the cross section pics, you will understand.

Good luck

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Definitely the larger one!
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Ok thanks Randy.

It's hard to know without knowing what yours was, I could go and order the smaller one and realize only when I have it, that it's far too small :-(

By the way, - have you ever used the Power Bridge product ?

I came across this a couple of days ago, and it's very interesting. As of now, I don't see any other solution to get a filtered power up to a TV mounted on the wall.

Do you know of any less expensive way ? or is this what you have used for your mounted TVs ?

I went to HomeDepot yesterday, and couldn't find anything like this product, I found a recessed wall outlet, ( it's actually made for wall mounted clocks ) and is basically the upper part of the power bridge package, but the bottom outlet ? - it now seems it's impossible to find this on its own.

Just wondering if you have any other way of doing it, or is the power bridge the only way to go ?

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Definitely the larger one!

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Check out this thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=701635

I got my from McDaniels Hardwood and highly recommend them!
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I know that I saw a thread on the power bridge install on here a while back. Try a search on the Construction forum. My cord reached my outlet okay.
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Hi again Randy,

what type of wood did you order for your bar railing ?

I'm looking at notty pine for mine, but I have a feeling this may be
too "cheap" and may not look good.

I may go for red oak, but it's just a bit more than double the price of the notty pine.
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