So this is a mobile bar I designed and built for Black Ankle Vineyards, below is what the wood looked like when I started.
Basically some water damaged oak left over from them building their tasting room.
I initially planned something utterly insane and complicated, but my fiancee suggested something a bit more minimalist and industrial and while more expensive (pipe isn’t as cheap as you’d think) it ended up looking good.
So I did three rounds of sanding, one with 80 grit, then 180 grit, then stained it and sanded again with 180, stained it again and then applied a high gloss finish.
Ended up really smooth and shiny. Because each board weighed about 80lbs this thing is pretty heavy, so I reinforced the bottom with left over pieces that I applied similar prep to as well as the end caps. I used 3 1/2 inch lag bolts to hold it together which also sort of match the galvanized steel 3/4″ pipe used.
Overall I’m pretty happy with it. I’m building a matching one and then some insane table that I’m sure I’ll post when I’m done.