Build a Bookcase with a Bar
This combination bar and bookcase is built from scratch but the concept can be adapted to use fewer materials by modifying an existing bookshelf. The top row of shelves has foldout doors to hide the bar, leaving the lower shelves as open display space.
DIY: $340 (Have It Done for $1140)
TIME: 2 days
Buying the materials
The frame and doors are made from 19mm pine that is dressed all round (DAR), costing about $75. Have the timber cut to size by the supplier or use a circular saw with a straightedge guide. Maple quad is used as corner blocks to support the shelves, and the outer shelves are secured with screws through the sides and dividers.
An arissed mirror is positioned on plywood backing in the bar section to make it appear deeper when open. Have three 382 x 370 pieces cut by a glazier for about $65.
Doors are kept horizontal by jack chain when open and the 100mm satin nickel feet, about $85, lift the unit above skirting height so it can be pushed against the wall.
Securing the doors
Non-mortice hinges, about $1 each, have one leaf that folds inside the other, reducing the total thickness of the hardware. The design is easy to install as there’s no need to rebate housings. You’ll also need three roller catches and three small handles.