Arches, Corbels Add a Touch of Class to any Home Bar
Before you even start a home bar project, you want to envision the final installation as completely as possible. Other than available budget, there is little else to hold you back from adding elaborate wood carvings and appliques to your bar and bar back. You don’t necessarily need advanced woodworking skills, just deep pockets. If you don’t know a Corbel from a Corkscrew, this article will enlighten you!
Once the core of you bar is completed, you can begin on the custom trim out of your project. This can involve simple boards and molding to create a raise panel effect or to add columns and dividers to your bar front. In the photo at left, we can see these techniques in action. For design ideas, check out our article on using the Golden Ratio to space raised panel trim for best visual appeal.
Keep it Simple and Elegant:
Adding a simple “column” trim board to your edges or divide points (midway or otherwise) is easy enough. Adding a few plunge grooves with your router simply requires a jig and a fence to allow for evenly spaced grooves. The icing on the cake is the addition of a corbel, which is basically an ornately carved wooden protrusion which appear to hold up the projecting bar section that supports the arm rail. They look really cool, but this is where the deep pockets come in. Don’t over do it though.
The Cost of Corbels:
Corbels are rather expensive because they require hours of CNC machine time to produce. Watch the video below to see a corbel is made. Here are a few corbels you can purchase online.
Ekena Millwork CORW03X03X06JERW Mini Jefferson Wood Corbels, 3 1/2"W x 3 3/4"D x 6"H, Rubberwood
Ekena Millwork COR04X04X07DE 4-Inch W x 4-Inch D x 7 1/2-Inch H Devon Corbel , White
Ekena Millwork BKTW02X06X08GORW Medium Gomez Wood Wood Brackets, 2 1/2"W x 6"D x 8"H , Rubberwood
Ekena Millwork BKTW01X08X12THRW Large Thorton Wood Wood Brackets, 1 3/4"W x 8 1/2"D x 12"H , Rubberwood
Ekena Millwork BKTW01X08X08OLRW Medium Olympic Wood Wood Brackets, 1 3/4"W x 8"D x 8"H , Rubberwood
Ekena Millwork COR02X02X04CPRW Capistrano Mission Wood Corbels, 2 1/2"W x 2 3/4"D x 4 1/2"H, Rubberwood
BARNWOODUSA | Set of 2 Farmhouse Corbels for Door Way Corners, Counter Top, Shelves | 100% Up-Cycled Reclaimed Wood
Doing It Yourself:
Arches can be made easily with a pattern, a jig saw, a router and steady hand. Our upcoming designs will feature more arch options.
Keep in mind, even though corbels and arches are expensive , you do NOT have to add them right away. Simply plan for their location, then either save your money and add them later or possibly even scrounge them from some old furniture. With the right equipment, you can even make your own. Learn more when you join Barplan.com
To be honest, even if i`m a student architect I`ve never considered Corbels into my design but it seems to be a small yet effective aspect.
Corbels and extra trim can be added to your bar at any time!