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The Free Drink Station

March 29, 2011 |
posted by AlexWS
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The Free Drink Station
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About This Project

Roommate: "We need something in the dining room for making drinks."

Me: "How about I make something?"

Roommate; "Uh huh..."

He may have been skeptical.

*One week later*

Me: "Hey dude, got wood the the drink station out in the garage."

Roommate: "I was just out there, all I saw was a bunch of wet and beat up pallets."

Me: "Yea, that's the stuff."

Roommate: "..."

OK, he was skeptical.

Well, a week later of evenings working on ripping apart pallets and then rebuilding them anew here I am. This whole project didn't cost me a dime, free wood, leftover screws, leftover stain, leftover poly.

I had wanted a rustic worn look which is why I went with pallets, I also like free stuff. That being said, I now know what most reclaimed pallet projects require wood that is no loner than 18 inches. Removing the planks whole and pulling out the nails without splitting it all is a royal pain. Needless to say once this pile of wood is gone I won't be doing something this large from pallets again.

Who am I kidding, yes I will.

I modified the potting bench plan, it's a little wider and a little deeper to make best use of the wood I had. Instead of 2X4's for the top and shelf I used 1X6's without any gap. Well, there's a little gap due to the rough cut of the wood. Seeing as this was going to be a drink prep station I needed something for holding the bottles. At first I was thinking a typical X designed wine holder, then I stumbled upon the library console table design. So with that I made on of angled book holders and put it under the top. Voila, from books to booze.

All in all I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out and it certainly wouldn't have had this character had I bought the wood.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
Free
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Reclaimed Pallets, mix of pine and oak.
Finish Used: 
Minwax Red Oak stain with spray satin poly.
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Drink Station

Great work; that looks fantastic! And I love the books-to-booze shelf.


posted by juliasays | on Tue, 2011-03-29 15:19
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ATableforTen's picture

Very cool!

When I first read it, I was thinking  "free drinks...yes!" LOL

Love when you can make something so useful for FREE!

Very nice!

Heather @ A Table for One, Please www.dorilukedesigns.com

posted by ATableforTen | on Tue, 2011-03-29 17:50
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theworldmovesforlove's picture

"From books to booze!" Sounds

"From books to booze!" Sounds like me! haha, love it! It turned out great!

posted by theworldmovesforlove | on Tue, 2011-03-29 23:03
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DRINK STATION

Very cool.  I love how used wood looks..  Love the nail holes and missing chunks and crooked boards.  and Love how you mixed and matched different plans to make a useful piece of furniture..  Keep up the good work!!


posted by bcubed | on Wed, 2011-03-30 10:16
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brooklyns_mama's picture

Love It

Saved $ on wood,paint & poly, and only two bottles on that shelf?

Somebody needs to go shopping lol =)

posted by brooklyns_mama | on Wed, 2011-03-30 11:12
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OK, #1

OK, 1) this is awesome! I was just thinking about something like this the other day; 2) Free????  HECK YEAH!  Awesome job!; and 3) I think your roommate and my husband have the same conversational skills.  LOL

The road to success is always under construction.

posted by ACraftyCauldron | on Wed, 2011-03-30 11:25
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AlexWS's picture

Thanks guys

Indeed the stock is low, I would use the money saved on this to get more but I spent it on a Kreg Jig. Maybe after the next free project.

posted by AlexWS | on Wed, 2011-03-30 12:13

No you didnt with that radio!

No you didnt with that radio! Lol!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-03-31 22:52

pallets?

how many pallets did you use?

posted by Becky (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-02 16:47

ice bowl

I have that same ice bucket!!!

posted by Becky (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-02 16:48

That wouldn't be a vintage

That wouldn't be a vintage Marantz stereo would it? . . .ahhh . . old school . . dials and all . . Just doesn't get better . . finished wood, Tunes, and a nice bottle of spirits, . . and your mate.

posted by 50's Guy (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-03-24 21:15
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Love this!

Love this!

posted by ranamae | on Fri, 2012-09-21 16:16

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