Originally Posted by aakelley
Building one is OK with me. Any pointers on plans, or are you guys just making it up as you go?
"... making it up as you go?"
See my #1 regret
. I built the base cabinet for my bar back without a drawing. I figured, it's just a fairly basic low bookshelf-type cabinet-- I don't need to do a drawing. Less than halfway through, I noticed the errors, but it was too late to fix them without scrapping my work (and money spent on materials). A drawing would have prevented the errors (and I enjoy drawing plans almost as much as building), but I didn't feel like taking the time to do such a basic drawing. Now, nobody notices these basic design errors (they're not functional errors), but I see them everytime I go behind my bar.
For drawing plans, it helps if you have the barstools already. That way, you can sit in them with a tape measure and figure out your basic dimensions. Everything else will follow naturally, depending on the style you want (and your shop skills).