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Trailer Rails
03-20-2006, 10:15 PM
I am building a coffee bar for the bike shop. I wanted to share some progress pics with you guys. The bar is going to be 7' long x 4' deep x about a 4' top heigth. The main bar top will be made out of carbon fiber. The lower work area will just be a finished wood surface (that may change). It will house a mini fridge and be fully wired with outlets. The entire bar will be metal that is polished and clear coated. There will also be a 5' wide drawer that will look like a metal tool box drawer. The feet will be bike pedals and there will be bike freewheels as spacers between the counter top and the bar.

Here is what I started with. A pile of steel and some brackets and tabs.



Here is what the pedals are going to look like as feet.


Here is where I am at right now. It has been very slow going. I get about 2 hrs a day to work on it. It is all tacked together. I feel like I am building a ship in a bottle. I am going to have to dissasemble it to get it out of the basement and then fully weld it outside.


Here is how the top of the bar will go together. I think this is pretty trick. There is about 6 parts to each top, all welded together and ground down so that they will fit together tightly.

This is how it starts out. there is a threaded insert welded to the top of the tube.



Then the freewheel slids on there.


Then the top plate bolts down through the freewheel. The plate it's self will be screwed to the bottom of the counter top.


03-20-2006, 11:57 PM
Did someone here say COFFEE, BAR and BIKES in the same sentence????

OK! You have my full attention!


Trailer Rails
03-21-2006, 03:51 PM
I got a little bit more done today.



It's almost ready for dissasembly, maybe by this weekend if I am lucky.

Trailer Rails
03-23-2006, 07:34 AM
I got an update from the carbon guy. I gotta give him a little promo, check out www.kradcarbon.com He will do almost anything with custom carbon work. Car parts to computer cases to bar tops.

This is the bar top I gave him.
I made it using 2 peices of 3/4" birch plywood and gluing them together. Then cut the pattern out and routed the edges down.


Here are some of the raw carbon being laied up on top.



Here is what it looks like currently.
It still needs a epoxy coat or two.


03-23-2006, 08:04 AM
Hmmmm Carbon...... I like it!

If you don't mind me asking, how much does that amount of carbon fiber work cost. I've always wanted to incorporate carbon fiber into some furniture designs I've come up with, but have been hestant to investigate it because - a: don't know enough about it and b: through the grapevine have thought it was cost prohibitive.

Trailer Rails
03-23-2006, 08:15 AM
It's not cheep, I think the carbon it's self was about $150-200. Total bill for the 8' long 2' wide with a little 1'x2' corner is going to be around $500. It will fit in real well at the bike shop because a lot of bikes have some type of carbon on them, there are a few that are practily all carbon.

03-23-2006, 10:03 AM
What's the guy's name?

That's some nice work!


Trailer Rails
03-23-2006, 08:45 PM
His name is Jason, not shure on his last name, I have his card somewhere if you realy want it.

03-24-2006, 08:54 AM
Na - no need to dig for the info. I was just curious. At one time, there were few in the industry that I did not know - from boat builders to F-1 builders - I pretty much knew of most everyone in the composites industry or they knew of me. Those days are gone...and so is my memory.


Trailer Rails
03-29-2006, 08:58 PM
The carbon top is done, I will be picking it up tomorrow. The base is almost done; I finished everything I can in the basement, I dissasembled it and I will be taking it out in the next couple days. The drawer came out sweet. I will also be picking up all the sheet metal to cover the whole thing tomorrow. The work surface (the wood you see in the below pics) will be covered with stainless sheet. I am so stoked to be getting this done.

All that is left to do is ressemble and paint. I think that should not take too long.




What do you guys think of the pics, not too bad for a camera phone huh? I may never carry my digital camera with me again, the phone can hold a couple thousand pics too!

Trailer Rails
03-30-2006, 07:56 AM
More pics arrived this morning of the CF top.




03-30-2006, 08:01 AM
Hmmmmm......... Shiny. I'll be that looks awesome in person.

03-30-2006, 08:28 AM
Now alls it needs is a big breasted, SMALL wasted biker chick to pose, while you take all sorts of lewd pictures for me...:alc:

03-30-2006, 09:09 AM
Jeff - this is a coffee bar....pull yourself together.


03-30-2006, 09:57 AM
it was 8:28 am, I wasn't pulling it anymore........ :coffee:

Can you tell me a time when its NOT time to see bigbreasted, small waisted women?? :banana: :rara:

03-30-2006, 10:00 AM
Can you tell me a time when its NOT time to see bigbreasted, small waisted women?? :banana: :rara:


Trailer Rails
04-02-2006, 10:58 PM
Now alls it needs is a big breasted, SMALL wasted biker chick to pose, while you take all sorts of lewd pictures for me...:alc:

When it is all done, I'll see what I can do for you.

Trailer Rails
04-02-2006, 10:59 PM

I got everything moved down to the garage. I have a 100ft heavy duty extenion cord running down there powering the welder and a dehumidifier. I need the dehumidifer because at the rate I am working on this thing it is starting to form a little surface rust.




04-02-2006, 11:22 PM
When it is all done, I'll see what I can do for you.

Yeah Baby!!!!

04-05-2006, 12:43 PM
Looking really good. Awesome touch with the CF top.

Trailer Rails
04-05-2006, 11:39 PM
Progress!!!! I might be able to finish it tomorrow!!!!!

I just need soem steel I ordered to come in.

Here is where I was when I started this afternoon.



I only need to put 3 more panels in and paint it.




The harbor freight "kink o' matic" worked out pretty well on the foot rest.

04-06-2006, 01:02 AM
The harbor freight "kink o' matic" ...

:rofl: :rofl: That's funny!! :rofl: :rofl:

Looks great! Thanks for the update.

Trailer Rails
04-06-2006, 07:57 AM
And you knew exactly what I was talking about too. :icon_lol:

Trailer Rails
04-07-2006, 10:31 AM
It's finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I called off from work yesterday so I cold get it finished before heading Rauch Creek for some four wheeling. I busted my ass and got it finished. It turned out better than I thought it ever would.
I ended up going with stainless for the work counter top.

Here are some pics with all the sheet metal in place.




Here is the work surface in place. I am testing how well liquid nails bonds to stainless in background there.


It seems to work well enough.


The stainless is in place. I have my ar/co2 bottle holding down a part that did not want to behave.



I put a texture down on the stainless. That part turned out awesome.


Loading it up on the trailer for transport was pretty interesting as well as unloading it in the middle of Forbes Ave in Squrill Hill during rush hour.


Here it is in it's new home.



Here we were doing a little "real world testing" of the bar.


I will get some high res pictures up on monday after I get back from Rauch Creek.

04-07-2006, 11:49 AM
Very nice work!

It's funny how things can go from looking like 'WTH is that' to 'Wow - that is pretty cool' so rapidly!

I am impressed!


04-07-2006, 12:16 PM
Looks killer! I really like the contrast of the steel with the wood floor in the shop. I didn't notice the nice wide drawer before - I really like that feature.

04-07-2006, 01:32 PM
I was wondering if that was going to be a drawer but I didn't want to look like an idiot asking.....even though I am used to looking like an idiot, it doesn't make it easy....

I am still a bit lost on the sprocket pivot thingy - what is the porpose of the sprocket delio? Was that just an attachment point for the top or??? Confusion runs my life.....


04-07-2006, 01:32 PM
I was wondering if that was going to be a drawer but I didn't want to look like an idiot asking.....even though I am used to looking like an idiot, it doesn't make it easy....

I am still a bit lost on the sprocket pivot thingy - what is the porpose of the sprocket delio? Was that just an attachment point for the top or??? Confusion runs my life.....


Trailer Rails
04-09-2006, 11:15 PM
The sprockets and pedals are just for looks. I wanted the sprockets to be functional, so I put a little extra work in to mounting them.

04-10-2006, 09:55 AM
Uh...... did we FORGET something here??????


LOL!! :drooling: :monkey:

By the way, NO :pig:

Trailer Rails
04-10-2006, 08:22 PM
Oh, now she has to be naked?

04-10-2006, 08:27 PM
Oh, now she has to be naked?

Big breasted, small waisted is suitable. Just depends on how far you want to up the ante regarding clothing (or lack thereof)

04-11-2006, 09:39 AM
Looks really good.

04-11-2006, 09:41 AM
You DO want us to see her, right?? If she is some schlep , she would get lost in the beauty of the bar. If she was nude, she wouldn't be overlooked.......Marketing baby!! :biggrinan

I suppose she could have LIMITED clothing.......

BTW, to get MX's approval, she has to be 100% BLUE

04-11-2006, 10:50 AM
Despite my reputation I have a severe aversion to blue women.

However, women posed beside something blue, like maybe the bikini she was wearing, would be far more appropriate.

Thanks for considering me, Driven!


Trailer Rails
04-11-2006, 08:51 PM
I am still working on convincing somone to pose on the bar but here are some high res pics. Sorry but it seems like my camera is not much better than my phone. They turned the bar 90* while I was away. I am not real happy about that because I did not design it to fit that way. Now the power cord is not long enough and it come out the wrong side. I also did not spend as much time finishing the side that is facing out. :roll: I guess it is thier bar so they can do what they want.