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Mom wants a coffee bar. OK. She saw a picture of one my brother had built for their house.

I drew the plans in Sketchup and showed her today. She likes it. She even said no middle shelf.

Just the basic shaker style. The cabinet will be a little over 60 inches long x 18-20 inches once the counter top has been installed. Basically, it will match the cabinets I built for the kitchen.

There is an existing opening in the wall but I plan to build a proper pass through and trim it out. And put in a receptacle for her coffee pot. There is an existing receptacle on the opposite side of the wall, so it should be easy. My son is going to take his electrician friend by and take care of that little job.

I hope to get started building it soon. No real timeline.
More later.
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You can handle it , Mike. Sounds like you are enjoying the idea already.

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Mom wants a coffee bar. OK. She saw a picture of one my brother had built for their house.

No real timeline.

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not if your mom has anything to say...

I like the plan.. a lot..
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Very nice. When Momma's happy, everyone is happy! Waiting for the finished product.
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Well, it's been a month, but I finally got started.

First up is to fabricate and install a wide board so plates can be passed through easily. Once installed, I will trim out both sides of the opening.

I found a couple of 2x10's in the garage my dad had used previously. I found some of his measurements written on the boards. Good old dad. So, I used them to make the board. I ripped them, then glued up three pieces to create the work piece.

I planed the workpiece down to 1 1/4 inches thick. Then, in all of my wisdom, I decided I needed to remove some waste from underneath the shelf overhang. I set up a template with some 1/2 inch plywood, and cut away a 1/2 inch of material with the router.

Next, I moved to the table saw, set up the dado stack, and proceeded to remove 1/4 inch of the thickness. To do that, I made the first pass even with the projected overhang. Then moved the fence and made a second cut. I continued the removal until I had at least 11 inches to work with. Then I replaced the dado stack with my regular blade, turned the work piece over, and flipped it around and cut off the remaining portion that will be waste. This was easy to do. Check the pics. Hope the description is accurate.

I rounded the two ends of the shelf and cut the notch on each end so the shelf will fit through the opening.

The portion of the shelf that sits on the wall framing will be attached with wood screws and covered with plugs. With a little Construction adhesive, the shelf should be good to go for years to come.

The plan is to paint everything.

That's all for now. More to come later after I get it installed.
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Finally got started on the coffee bar. Hope to finish trimming out the cabinet and get it painted tomorrow. The shaker style trim is just a dry fit. I will make the final cuts and nail 'em on tomorrow. The outside will be painted to match the cabinets I built for her kitchen. The inside is prefinished birch plywood.

Have I mentioned how much I love my modified Kreg pocket hole jig? Well, I do.

Here are some construction pics.
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hadn't seen this thread till today - plan's coming together nicely. Always good to repurpose dad's lumber - nice touch.
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Looking good Mike . Owning a pocket hole jig has been a great asset to me , and I've been using it way more than I thought I would.

I'm sure liking your work station with the ability to clamp your projects like that

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I'm sure liking your work station with the ability to clamp your projects like that
Thanks Rick. I like it also. As you can see in the pics, it comes in real handy at times.

Thank goodness for cheep clamps! I think there are twelve holding the toe kick in place until the adhesive cures.

Blondie came to visit so I got her involved in some of the painting. She loves to help. I don't have any pics but I had her operating the foot switch on the pocket hole jig. I would say "clamp" and she would push the pedal. Then I would say "let up" and she would release the clamp so I could move the work piece to the next position. That was fun.

Then she spotted some sawdust. That needs to be cleaned up! She loves to clean up.
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Good choice with the bead board panel Mike - adds a lot of character.

Blondie looks like she's pleased with herself. My grandson is just a little too young to be in my shop (3 1/2) but the day will come soon enough - can't wait.
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