EHBP-11 Illuminated Bar Back

bar back plans

EBBP-01 Illuminated Bar Back

Complete your home bar project with this convertible bar back cabinet project. The project can be built as a full height bar back or as a half height wall hanger model or just the bottom cabinet. The optional stemware rack can be built into the cabinet or built separately and hung from a ceiling. Illuminated because the design includes side and top cove lighting areas to illuminate and accent items on the shelves.

The mirror area can be replaced with an appropriately sized LCD TV display. Mount LED multicolor lighting behind the lighting pockets to create an awesome night club effect. You can skip the  lighting pockets and simply illuminate from above. Do yourself a favor, always use LED lighting. Nobody likes digging out fried lighting from inside the bar or bar back.

You can cut you own design in the decorative top header panel or leave it open for more shelf space. Easy to build and re sizable using the CHBD. Also used in the EHBP-10 Combo Bar Project. This project has been incorporated into many custom bar backs. Makes a great combination when used with any of our plans or even as a walk up bar all by itself (see below).


40 page PDF bar back plan document

Plan Number: EHBP-11 (previously labeled EBBP-06 and EMBP-01)
Model: Illuminated Bar Back Cabinet
Skill Level: Novice-Medium
Length: 96″ – variable
Width: – variable
Height: 96″ – variable
Estimated material cost: $150+
Plan Size: 40 pages

This project is included with your membership.

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adobe PDF formatPDF format plans can be sent to any printer.
Requires the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

chbd-readyThis is a great project for the novice to intermediate wood worker.
This L shaped bar is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Area behind the bar is available for custom shelves or modular bar equipment. Now CHBD Ready!


Racheal L. – Used as a Walk Up Bar

Walk Up Bar:
Site member Racheal L. sent us this photo of her walk up bar adaptation using this EHBP-11 bar bar project and simply omitting the bar!

I’m not sure if she ever built the bar, but it’s really is not required if you like to just belly up solo and mix yourself a White Russian, ala The Dude! That bar back really tied the room together.

Rachael did an excellent job of recreating this project exactly to specifications outlined in the plans.

The only variation I see is the use of mirrors behind the shelves, whereas the plan shows how to place a lighting pocket behind the shelves using opaque plexiglass.

See the photo in the gallery below labeled Multicolor LED Lights…that bar was built exact to plan, but we encourage variations!

Projects that included the EHBP-11 along with one of our other models.

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Check out the rest of the included plans in the Bar Project Catalog.