Bar Cart

During my time spent as a graduate student in the department of Scientific Computing, I found that sometimes small distracitons helped me focus in the long term. One such distraction was the FSU surplus auction website. Like many other public academic institutions, FSU goes through a lot of stuff. In order to get rid of some of this stuff and recoup some of the original cost, FSU setup an online auction website.

When FSU first transitioned to the new online format (as opposed to a traditional public monthly auction) not a lot of people knew about it. Thus in the early days, and perhaps now, some real good deals can be had. Which is how I can across a neat little printer cart with a pop-up extension for $5!

I didn't really know what to do with it at first since I only really placed a bid to see how the whole process worked. But after marrying Jamie, a specific use became apparent. One thing they don't really tell you about marriage is how much stuff you end up with. Combining two fully self-sufficient persons along with a wedding registry and large families on both sides results in a butload of stuff. So much stuff in fact that you have to become creative as to how you store this stuff. So I decided to make a bar cart to store the pleathora of glassware we had acquired.

Like I have said, I am terrible at taking pictures of my progress. But I found this picture from a murder mystery party that we hosted (would recommend), using the original as a makeshift bar.

Assembled the cubby holes for wine bottles from leftover scrap pine plywood. Cut notches halfway through each of the connecting peices to form the lattice.

Had to extend the sidewalls in order to make the cart taller and more usable. This also allowed for the bottom wine shelving and the pull out drawer.

The drawer used to be just a pullout shelf for storing paper and stuff. Had to do some modifications to add sidewalls and a front/back for the drawer. Everything is painted in a soft daisy yellow.

Added wood paneling from an old pallet (be careful when using pallets!). Stained and sealed, then attached to the sides. The back paneling adds a little bit of a lip so that things don't accidentally fall off the back. You can kind of see the installed hanging wine glass rack on the top. These can be bought through Amazon for like $10, totally worth it.

Filled to the brim with wine glasses and all sorts of glassware. This follows the same style as the movable island project from before. The only major problem with this piece I can think of is that the wine runs out too quickly.