Bar Plans

Old 04-21-03, 12:43 PM
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Bar Plans

As any self-respecting male home owner... (at least ones without kids), I'm putting a bar in my basement.

I'm playing with the idea of a glass block front to the bar... think it'll go very well with the glass block windows and partition walls.

Anyone have a good source for bar plans? A book, magazine or even online source would help a lot when designing this bar.

Thanks in advance.
Old 04-22-03, 08:34 PM
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Really no source that I am aware of for a glass block bar but you can look at architectual digest books at the library which may help. Do a major web search. Even for ideas on what you see will help. Option is to look at bars that you see in new home construction, bring a tape measure and notepad...then go home and start sketching the glass block concept. I have done a couple but have no plans on them. The ones that I did had a flourescent lights placed behind that acted as a light for behind bar counter space and back light for the glass block.

Good Luck!
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visit a glass block dealer....

I built one a few years ago. There were no plans then and I don't know of any now.

Look in the yellow pages under glass block. Visit one or two dealers. They can be a tremendous resource. Their advice is free. They probably have various projects going on and you can get ideas from that, too.
Just remember to buy your block from them. I found their prices to be competitive with the local big boxes on common styles of block. They also carry curved block, so I was able to have rounded corners instead of square corners. One bag of mortar was not quite enough, but they gave me (at no cost) just enough extra mortar to finish the job.

Family Handyman had a good article on laying glass block in the February 1999 (or 2000?) issue.

For back lighting I used rope lights - two green and two blue. I put the lights on a dimmer. Looks really cool, but the green over powers the blue.

I looked into using fiber optics. You lay the fiber between the blocks. But the cost would have run into the hundreds of dollars just for lights.

My bar top is 3/4" mahogany plywood laminated onto 3/4 cabinet grade plywood.

Have fun. The best part is researching all the bars and pubs where you live.

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