How to Create Your Bar Top
How to Trim Your Metal Bartop
Flattening Your Metal for Your Bartop
How to Make the Metal Tabletop
How to Attach Your Tabletop
Cut, Wrap and Install the Bar Top
Measure the dimensions for the bar top, allowing for a 2” overhang in the front. Cut two pieces of 3/4” plywood to fit the top. Screw both pieces of the 3/4” plywood together to create a 1 1/2” thick bar top.
Choose a section of reclaimed metal roofing that looks worn and well-aged to add character to the bar top. Lay the metal under the plywood. Carefully cut the metal 1” wider on three sides and 2 1/2” wider in the front than the plywood. To reduce deadly metal “fish hooks” on edges, half cut rather than full-squeeze cut the reclaimed metal with tin snips.
Lay the metal sheet on top of the plywood surface and hammer the metal sheet flat. Using wood clamps and a 2x4 (or level), temporarily secure the metal in place on the edge and bend over sides carefully with light hammer taps. Cut the metal at the corners to allow for a complete, flat wrap. The front metal wrap will fold over the side and attach underneath, out of sight. Nail the sides and front metal wrap in place.
Lay the metal-wrapped top on the bar legs. Use old nails or screws to attach the top in place.