While my wife and I were remodeling our house a bit, we decided to add a personal touch to a bar between the kitchen and the living room. I had been dazzled by seeing how people were using high voltage to generate Lichtenberg Figures. Nowadays there are dozens of videos online on how to achieve this, although at the time that I made this (in 2014) there were only a couple of sources to follow.


I decided that the most reliable way to get a good effect was to burn a thin piece 1/8″ luon and glue it down onto 3/4″ plywood. The first thing for me to do was to make the plywood. I used a CNC router to make the bar in two halves, since I was using two pieces of scrap wood to get the full length of the bar.


The next step was to play with some high voltage! We used a neon sign transformer and a couple of nails for the electricity, and painted on some salt water to create the necessary conductivity. We used multiple starts and stops, and basically had fun making cool patterns for a few hours.


Then we cut out our bar top on the same CNC router and glued it down to the 3/4″plywood. I ironed on some edge banding and applied some thick bartop epoxy (what a mess!).


I mounted the bartop along with some wrought iron from the metal store. The bar looks absolutely amazing and the Lichtenberg figures really give you something fun to look at.


We were pleased as punch with how it turned out. But, if I had to do it again, I might make the entire bar a little thicker. I’d also use more weights to glue down the luon, as there are few spots where the glue didn’t stay down. Other than those minor details, it’s definitely a fantastic accent for our house.