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Thread: Attempting to make a bar leaner.

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    Attempting to make a bar leaner.

    For a long time I've wanted an outdoor bar leaner.
    After looking at lots of different versions online and at the likes of the CHCH show I had in my mind what I wanted. The first problem was that in no way could I afford to buy one with many coming with a price tag of $800 bucks and upwards!!!

    This is the part where good old me thought "how hard could it be to knock one up". After all, I've knocked up the Mrs twice so I know I can knock some things up...

    Now just to set the scene my wood working and carpentry skills, basically start and stop at finding and throwing a stick for the dog. This was going to be a big challenge!

    First up, it was buying the macrocarpa slab. I did this on TM from a guy based in Diamond Harbour. I actually dealt with his wife and she was very helpful. for those interested he does his own mobile saw milling and sells things like this:
    Macro Slab (30E) | Trade Me
    He occasionally lists the slabs at a $1 reserve and this is what I bidded on. I even managed to get myself what I consider a bargain at under $100.

    Off to the timber yards to get the rest of the timber required. I opted for chunky rough sawn macrocarpa timber in 200 x 100 and 200 x 50.
    All up it was $70 and even cut to my size specs.

    Off to Bunnings and a electronic sander was purchased, there was no way I was going to sand this bad boy by hand!
    Some liquid nails, 150mm nails, 75mm wood screws, dust mask, protective eyewear and a long drill bit
    $150 all up

    Sanding took ages and I turned our neighbourhood into a dusty mess. Luckily there has been a fair bit of rain so the mess has gone!

    Once everything was measured, measured again, cut, drilled, glued, hammered, screwed it didn't actually take long. The longest part was actually waiting for the glue to set between stages.
    Once complete there was more sanding, squirting liquid nails into cracks, sanding off excess liquid nails and then finally the staining. I opted for some Cabolts aqua deck stain in the Kwilia colour, 2 x coats later and it was finished!

    Now its fair to say that this bar leaner won't blow over. I got the step brother to give me a lift moving it outside and we both agree that it would be easily over 100kg! If anyone wants to try and steal it by lifting it over the fence, good luck to ya!

    All in all this took a week to construct, working on it after tea time once the girls were in bed. For a first attempt I pretty proud of the end result. Hopefully it lasts a while.

    Right from the word go I said that I wouldn't drink a beer off it until it was complete. The first beer was on Christmas Eve and it tasted great!

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    Very nice

    Man it is going to hurt if it falls on one of your toes...

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    Woo Hoo!! Finished. Can't wait to try it out
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    Cool. Look at all that broadleaf
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    Thats frekn awesome

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    Thats fkn mint
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dundee View Post
    Thats fkn mint
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    You got the height just right, well done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    You got the height just right, well done!
    Well if keen fella can rest his elbows on that then it will be a perfect chin rest for the rest of us. Well done Al.
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    That is really cool...neat write up too!!
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    Well done great to make some thing yourself, instead of buying Chinese, Mukos will knock you out a MADE NZ sticker for you no sweat
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    Mate there will be hours of fun around that. Well done
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    Mint, good work
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    god help us it that falls over in a shake keenfella -we'llneed all of us to lift the bloody thing.would look bloody good in the maimai at wolfes rd!

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    Looks good! My house has a few homemade bits and bobs from macrocarpa, I love a good woodwork project!
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