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How to Install an Acrylic Block Bar

Having a custom bar adds instant class to your home. Learn how to install an acrylic block bar in this easy project.

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acrylic block bar installation
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Lay Out the Bar Footprint

Transfer dimensions of the footprint of the bar to your floor using masking tape (Image 1). Pre-install tube lighting into slots between glass blocks in acrylic bar section (Image 2).

Step 2: Build the Frame

Using a miter saw, cut down pine 1x4's for framing members (Image 1). Nail 1x4's together with a brad nailer to create framed sections. Measure and cut pieces of MDF (medium density fiberboard) using a circular saw, to act as front and side panels of the bar. Once panels are cut, use wood glue and brad nails to attach them to your 1x4 pine framed sections. After the frame is complete, add a coat of paint (Image 2).

Step 3: Make the Bar

Using a 3/4" 4x8 sheet of birch plywood, lay out the measurements for the countertop and make necessary cuts using a circular saw. Add edge molding to perimeter of bar. Apply desired stain color and finish with polyurethane.

Step 4: Assemble the Bar

Attach framed panels to one another using 1-1/2" wood screws (Image 1). Set the panels aside to prepare for acrylic bar installation. Set the pre-cut channels for securing the acrylic bar to the floor, into place using painter's tape to temporarily hold them. Mark holes that need to be pre-drilled into the floor, remove channels and drill holes using a hammer drill and a masonry bit. Once holes are drilled, put track back into place and fasten with masonry screws (Image 2). With channels fixed in position, slide the acrylic block sections into place (Image 3). Join one section to the other using a 90 degree corner cap and connect the tube lighting between the sections. Have a licensed electrician make connections to a 12 volt transformer. Now, slide framed and painted panels into place.

Step 5: Secure the Countertop

Measure and cut strips of MDF and attach them to flat caps. Snap flat caps into place on top of acrylic sections. Move countertop into place and secure to MDF strips using 1-1/2 " wood screws.

move countertop into place

Step 6: Attach the Shelves

Install pre-finished shelving material that's been cut to fit the space below the countertop.

install pre finished shelving material