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Make a wine cabinet or bar

Entertain your guests in style with our bar cabinet. There's plenty of room to store glasses, access-ories, drinkie poos, cold drinks, and more. There's even a pull-out shelf so that you can mix and pour drinks on the spot.


Don’t be put off by the size of the cutting list. Your local Timbercity will be able to cut and edge everything you need for this project. Assembly is not as difficult as you may think and... the end result is stunning!

View Home-Dzine Online November issue 2 for the cutting list for this project

Here’s how:

1. Start by assembling the base
Use angle brackets and MS37 adhesive to attach the sides to the top of the base (see top pic). To attach the bottom of the base, drill pilot holes through the base and up into the sides, countersink, and apply a thin bead of MS37 adhesive. Screw the bottom of the base onto the sides.

2. Assemble the main cabinet
Lay the back of the cabinet on a level surface. If you don’t have an extra pair of hands to assist, use corner clamps to position a side and the base of the cabinet so that it rests on top of the back, making sure that all the sides are flush. Cut [4] corner brackets from a length of pine. Use a steel triangle to ensure that your angles are perfect. Screw the corner brackets to the back of the cabinet and to the side and bottom. Repeat for the other side and top of the cabinet.

3. Turn the cabinet over
Drill pilot holes 6mm in from the edge around the back, countersink and reinforce the back by screwing into the top, sides and bottom of the cabinet.

4. Optional Perspex panel.
If you are going to insert a Perspex panel in the doors, use a jigsaw to cut out an opening to size in both door fronts. Finish off the opening with edging trim.

5. Lay the front of the door on its side on a level surface
Butt the edge of one side against the back of the front panel and drill pilot holes 6mm in at either end - through the door front into the side piece; countersink. Screw the front to the side and repeat this for the other side. Butt the top and then the bottom pieces to the back of the front panel and attach in the same way. Use black screw caps to cover the screws visible in the front of the door.

Note: If you are using the Perspex panel, Insert the Perspex sheet between the front door, the sides, top and bottom before screwing everything together.

6. Proceed to assemble the second door in exactly the same way.

7. Attach the doors
Use brass hinges and once fitted check that both doors sit flush on the cabinet and meet nicely in the middle. Make any necessary adjustments.

8. Add the shelves
Measure and mark down inside the cabinet as to where you want to position the shelves. The cabinet featured has two fixed shelves and a pull-out shelf. The fixed shelves are supported on shelf pins. For the pull-out shelf we have used a 20mm aluminium track cut to size and screwed to the sides, that allows the shelf to slide in and out. We also cut a piece of channelling for the front of the shelf and attached with Alcolin MS37 adhesive.

9. Use 4 x 20mm wood screws to attach the shelf bottoms to the inside of the door frame. Mark and measure down the outside of the door for the position of your shelves. Drill pilot holes and countersink. Partially drive the screw through the door side so that only the tip of the screw protrudes through the wood. Hold the shelf into position and tighten the screw slightly to mark the edge of the shelf. Remove the shelf and drill pilot holes.

Reposition the shelf and screw into place. The shelf front is screwed onto the front of the shelf bottom and the sides of the door.

- Stain the corner brackets with a Woodoc stain concentrate and Woodoc 10 Sealer to match your choice of MelaWood. Cover all visible screw heads with plastic screw caps.
- Decorate the inside back of the cabinet with mirrors to add glitz and glamour to your bar cabinet.
- Choose decorative handles for the doors of the cabinet.

 Now it’s time to P.A.R.T.Y !


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