How to Install Bar Rail

A Video Guide to Installing Chicago Style Bar Rail Molding:

How to Install Bar Rail Molding Step-by-step

The tools we will be using to fit and install the bar rail molding are a drill, glue, screws, spoil board (Actual size BR475 1″ x 2″ & BR550 1″ x 1-7/8″), biscuit joiner, and biscuits.

The sub top should extend out beyond the main bar top 1 and 9/16″ as shown. We first set up the spoil board to hold the bar rail up in position while cutting. We set the miter box angle at 45 degrees and position the bar rail on the spoil board to make the first cut.

Next, we reset the miter box to the opposite 45 degree angle and position the other piece of bar rail for another cut.

After making both cuts we check the pieces for proper fitment and make any adjustments, if needed. Now we can drill pilot hols every 12 inches in our sub-top. We decided to make a biscuit joint on the bar rail miter for added strength, but this step is optional.

Now we are apply glue to the sub-top and to the top notch of the bar rail. Make sure to brush out the glue on the sub-top and on the bar rail for a closer fit.

After applying the glue we use clamps with blocking to hold the bar rail in position.

Finally, using the pilot holes that we drilled earlier, we can secure the bar rail to the bar top from underneath with screws. After some light sanding and applying a finish, the bar top will be ready to use.

 

Next: View our step-by-step instructions on how to finish your bar rail