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Basement Bar Build

Finished Bar Pic 4
Finished Bar Pic 3
The Finished Bar

When you enjoy having big gatherings, you need to have a place for everyone to sit and visit. The original bar in this basement wasn’t large enough for more than a few people, and so it was time to replace it with something new. This article details the design and build process of the new basement bar.

Existing Bar

The existing basement bar, while better than no bar at all, never provided the homeowners the entertaining environment they desired. There was a small top, no storage, and most importantly only fit 3 maybe 4 people at once.

New Basement Bar Design

Firstly, decisions were made about the features the new bar would need.

  • Seating for 8 or more with an ability to talk to more than just who is next to you
  • Maintain walkway to the door that goes out to the deck
  • Storage for glasses, tools, bottles of alcohol, and 12 packs of soda
  • A bar rail along the top like at commercial bars/restaurants
Bar Design New Plan
Bar Design New Plan

The customers chose the above design as it met all of their criteria. People around the bar can converse with those next to them as well as across the way. There is space for 9 around the outside of the bar and the “bartender” brings the total to 10.

New Basement Bar Construction

It is time to build the vision, and the biggest challenge for this project was that the bar needed to be built off site in the shop, brought into the basement (max 3′ wide x 7′ tall pieces), and then finish the assembly. Therefore the 2×4 frame was 4 segmented pieces (two straights, the u, and the l) and the top and surfaces inside the “U” were only temporarily held in place before packing it all up.

Finished Bar Ready to Party

The customer did the finish work of staining and sealing the bar, and then it was ready for parties.

Contact and Follow

If you’re in the Indianapolis area and need a bar of your own, contact JoeBcrafts. Also be sure to follow projects and things on Facebook and Instagram.

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Palletwood Stove Top Cover

Palletwood Stove Top Cover Chevron Design
Palletwood Stove Top Cover Chevron Design
Chevron Design Palletwood Stove Top Cover

This stove top cover features a chevron pattern of various palletwood slats. Featured in the pattern are some pieces of red oak, light brown/green poplar, and white colored ash. The pallet slats are attached to a piece of plywood and has a frame of pine stained with colonial pine water based stain. Make an interior design statement while creating more counter space and protecting the surface of your ceramic stove top.

Stove Top Covers Available for Purchase

This unique cover can be purchased in my Etsy shop. Also available at Etsy is the personalized stove top cover. If there is something else you’d like, I will also make something completely custom.

Finally, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see what other things I am currently making and have made in the past.

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Wooden Stove Top Cover

Stove Top Cover in Colonial Pine Stain with Personalized Carve
Stove Top Cover Colonial Pine Stain Personalized with C
A stove top cover in Colonial Pine stain with the Personalized Carve using a C.

Create extra counter space and protect your glass/ceramic top with a decorative wooden stove top cover. The stove cover is available in many different stain colors. The carving can be the standard wreath with a personalized letter or something completely custom. In addition, the size can be adjusted to meet your needs. All of these features for one price.

These make great housewarming gifts, wedding gifts, or for a fifth anniversary since that is traditionally wood.


  • Pine boards are use and the standard size of 30″x22″ will have 4 horizontal pieces and the two handle supports.
  • The boards are assembled with yellow wood glue and small nails.
  • Handles are zinc with a black finish.
  • Water based stain in your choice of color.
  • The entire cover is finished with several coats of a water based polyurethane.
  • Self adhesive felt pads are put on the back to protect your stove top surface.

Stain Colors Available

These are the standard color choices as of 2020.

There are many stain colors to choose from for your stove top cover. The in-stock colors are: Charcoal Grey, Slate Grey, Whitewash, Walnut, Colonial Pine, Harvest Gold, Barn Red, Terracotta, and Classic Grey. Other colors can be requested. All colors are from Minwax Water Based color chart. The carving in the cover will be the natural pine (except for whitewash which gets black paint). There is the option to have the carving painted black or white for the other colors.

Customization Welcome

Because these items are made to order, making them custom is not a problem. Below are a sample of the different designs that have been made so far.

Where to Buy

You can purchase this item in my Etsy shop or at Amazon Handmade. The listing is set up for the standard options of colors and selecting the initial to carve in the wreath, but send me a message to discuss what to enter for custom requests. Those local to Indianapolis/Brownsburg/Zionsville contact me via email, Facebook, or Instagram to purchase a local pickup/delivery.

Be sure to follow JoeBcrafts on Instagram and Facebook to see the latest designs and the other things I make.