In a world littered with shortcuts, the feeling of gratification that comes from a well-done DIY project is hard to beat. In fact, taking the time to make something yourself by hand and doing it right is what we’re all about. Knob Creek® stands behind the same philosophy by taking no shortcuts when it comes to distilling their small batch, full-flavored whiskey. This summer, we’re teaming with Knob Creek to bring you a three-part guide to building your own home bar, where you’ll be serving your favorite spirits to friends and family for years to come. Contributing Popular Mechanics Editor, James Schadewald, will take you through building a fully functional bar, with characteristics similar to a whiskey barrel—think crisp, neat, and secure. For this project, we decided on reclaimed oak sourced from Barnyard Boys in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, because it imparts a unique character not unlike the character you get from aging bourbon. That said, wood from your local home store will work just fine, so get out there and find the materials that work best for you. This bar’s construction is straightforward, but you do need the right tools to get the bar build right. We used...