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Finishing a bar top

I just bought a house with a bar in the finished basement. The bar top is very simple and I'd like to make it more interesting by topping it with epoxy resin over old baseball cards. How thick should the epoxy resin be? What should I use to create a dam around the edge of the bar when pouring the resin so that it doesn't drip off the sides?


I also wanted to add an arm rest to the edge of the bar, but I don't know what to use. I'd  Does anyone have any suggestions of what I should use and where I can find it? The bar is L-shaped and I'd like the arm rest to go around the outer edges only.


I'm excited to finish the bar, so thanks for any suggestions or guidance.

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Posted 2013-03-04T01:21:56+0000  by maudevard maudevard

Welcome of our community Maudevard!


My name is Christine and I work at The Home Depot in the paint department.


Many people like to use an epoxy resin on their bar. Parks makes a product called “Super Glaze”. This is a pour- on epoxy that is the easiest and best way to seal your bar, especially since you are going to be putting baseball cards underneath. Glue down your baseball cards before you start with the epoxy.  Pour it on so it is ¼” thick.  Wait for it to dry, and then do another coat at ¼”. Make sure it is even by using a wide, plastic or metal putty knife.


As for the dam, it will be wise to do this. A thin piece of wooden lattice moulding is all you will need for the dam. Nail it to the edge, chalk the space and then pour away!

After you have poured the final coat, wait 8 hours before you use the bar.

I hope that helps you out! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!


Christine :)

Posted 2013-03-04T17:12:15+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL

Thanks a lot, Christine. I'll definitely pick up some of the "Super Glaze". I'd also like to add an armrest to the edge of the bar, but I'd like to keep the cost down. It seems like most wooden arm rests are pretty expensive. Do you have any suggestions for a different material I could use for the arm rest? Thanks!

Posted 2013-03-05T01:34:08+0000  by maudevard

Hello Maudevard!


For the bar rail, using solid wood will ensure that it will last a long time. Once it is put on it can be stained and sealed to match your bar.


I did notice that they are on the pricey side. We sell an unfinished bar rail on our website as well. If you would like, you can put something together with different kinds of moulding. Doing this would bring down the price. If you start with a non- detailed 2" x 6", you will do the detail yourself with a table saw. This is totally achievable by a DIY-er who is skilled at woodworking.


You have a few options for this bar rail. I hope this helps you out!


Christine :)

Posted 2013-03-06T20:17:01+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL

Hello Maudevard,


I just wanted to throw my two cents in on your fun project. I hope you don’t mind.


I see that my fellow Christine has given you a couple of great suggestions already so I just wanted to throw out a couple of my thoughts.


Since my favorite past time is woodworking I would probable make my own bar railing. It would be more work but it can save quite a bit of money. The easiest way would be to route and then stack different pieces of wood to make the final shape that you want.


It can also be as simple as using a large dowel and cutting a corner out of it.


Here is a diagram of a simple bar rail and also a picture of a dowel with the corner cut out.



If you have access to a table saw and a router than you are already half way there.


I also wanted to mention that you could use pipe and fittings to make a short bar rail around the outer edge. You could use floor flanges to attach it to the bar itself and elbows to make the turns. It would make it a little bit more rugged looking. It would save a lot of time and money also. I think it would look kind of cool in your man cave.


I think your bar will look great with either one. So now it’s just a matter of you deciding which one you would prefer to add to your refinished bar.


Let me know if you have any other questions. I would love to help.

Posted 2013-03-06T22:51:33+0000  by Christine_HD_OC
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