Originally Posted by Remax
What do you guys think about doing the top of the bar with slate tile, and covering with envirotex? How big of grout lines should I do? Do I have to use a cement back board for slate? Ive never worked with tile before so please excuse my ignorance. Right now my framing is done. Do I have to put osb, cement board, then tile, or can I attach the cement board directly to the 2x4 framing? This tile would only be for the top. The sides will probably be birch or maple plywood.
Is a beer gutter really necessary? For those who left it out do you wish you included it? For those who have it do you recommend I put one in?
My bar is going to have a 6-7" foot rest at the bottom. What do you think the minimum overhang of the bar should be? I have a pole that gets in the way, but I think I can get away with about a 9" maximum overhang.
Lastly do you think Birch will look similar to maple? Im not doing a stain. Just a couple coats of poly for a lighter more natural color. Is there a price difference birch and Maple? From what ive read online is Birch is cheaper and is similar in appearance to maple. The reason why I ask is because if I do my entire bar with birch to save money, and I use a maple bar rail I dont want it to look odd. Or if I have to use some maple molding to decorate, I dont want that to look odd either.
Sounds like you stole my idea... Link
I made mention of this hear almost a year ago (just never got around to actually building my bar).
As Tony mentions though, I think you'll want to get your over hang as close to 12" as possible, especially with a 6-7" foot rest. I have a snack bar in my kitchen with a couple of stools and it's 10". It really is just a little too close and you can easily bump your knees on the wall.
Also, when I made mention of using slate and envirotex, someone made a comment of making sure to seal the tile and grout prior to pouring the envirotex. This is a good suggestion because slate and grout can be very porous and you'll want to avoid getting any air bubbles in the envirotex.
I still plan on doing this wit my bar some day, just need some more time/money, but if you want to test out the whole theory, that's fine with me!