Bar Building Blog

Fitting Bar Rail Radius Corners & Straights

Although all of our bar rail molding both radius and straight are made to meet or exceed industry standards for fit and consistency, it may be necessary to scribe and adjust the placement of the seams to achieve optimum results. This is especially true where curved parts intersect with straight parts as the conditions on the job site can vary from those under which the curved and straight parts were made. Not to worry, you can make slight adjustments out or up of either the straight or curved part to make a near perfect transition then sand and feather in the moldings to meet each other perfectly for finishing. Our bar rail moldings cover the main bar top by at least 1″ so it would be no problem to slightly shim out or push in one end or the other of the rail to close a miter or seam. We are not advocating sloppy or inaccurate work but are rather pointing out a few tricks of the trade that we feel are acceptable when making minor adjustments during the bar rail installation process. Our goal is to assist you in producing a fine finished bar top. We also recommend visiting our Bar Building Resources page to view our How to Install Bar Rail video and our Finishing Your Bar Rail tutorial for more details. As always we welcome your questions and encourage you contacting us by phone or email prior to installing or purchasing your bar rail molding.

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Specialty Hardwood Bar Rail Molding by Hardwoods Incorporated

At Hardwoods Incorporated we offer our entire line of Chicago bar rail moldings, bar top parts and bar front parts made from specialty hardwoods such as Wenge, Lacewood, Jatoba or Zebrawood just to name a few.

Specialty Wood Bar Rail

We also make our matching bar rail radius corners in a variety of sizes and configurations for both 90 and 45-degree bar top corners. Pictured below are our BR475 and BR475-S 6” and 12”- 90-degree radius corners in Bubinga, Leopardwood and Sapele Mahogany respectively.

Bubinga Bar Rail Leopardwood Chicago Bar Rail Saepele Mahogany Chicago Bar Rail

Whether you are building a custom wine cellar, espresso bar or an upscale commercial bar nothing says custom more than a rare and unusual wooden bar top and curved Chicago Style bar rail molding. Check out this custom home bar and wall panels featuring our BR475 bar rail molding, custom 10” radius bar rail corners, bar top slab, fluted columns and bar trim moldings all made from African Rosewood.

Custom Bar Created With Chicago Bar Rail in African Rosewood Custom Bar Created With Chicago Bar Rail in African Rosewood

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view the specialty wood selections we offer our Bar rail moldings in, be sure to visit our wood library and contact us for quotes on these or any other wood species or custom requests. Our team has over 40 years of experience in actually building commercial bars, home bars, back bars, pub rails and related interior construction.

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International Shipping by Hardwoods Incorporated

At Hardwoods Incorporated we offer international shipping of our bar rail moldings, bar top parts and bar front parts to DIY customers, restaurant owners, developers, property management teams and contractors. Because of the variance in shipping providers and to furnish the best possible pricing, we at Hardwoods prefer to build custom quotes for our international customers.

With our easy to use international quote form found on our website, customers can select the bar rail molding and bar parts needed to complete their home or commercial bar project and submit their wish list along with shipping and contact information. Once received we will send you an acknowledgment of your request and one of our customer service representatives will be in touch to confirm your product cost, your shipping cost and terms of sale.

Recently, we have shipped our products to clients in Denmark, Australia, Romania, Nova Scotia and all parts of Canada. Fill out an international shipping quote form today.

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Bar Rail Cut & Bisquet Jointed for Affordable Shipping Nationwide

At Hardwoods Incorporated we offer our bar rail moldings that are longer than 8’ cut and bisquet jointed for affordable shipping nationwide. All of our 10’, 12’ and 15’ long bar rail moldings offered online are made from one full length of bar rail then cut in half with a bisquet joint installed so they can be re-assembled on the bar top matching the grain back together. These are NOT two random pieces of bar rail. We also offer a tool at checkout called order notes where you can indicate if you want the bar rail cut and bisqueted in a different location other than the center so long as any one piece does not exceed 8’. (Sorry we do not offer miter cuts) Since offering this service the response from customers has been positive and the cost of shipping is kept within reason. Of course the option of shipping full lengths of our bar rail molding is available and makes sense for larger purchases. Please call for a quote.

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We offer our Chicago Style bar rail moldings in Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Poplar, Red Oak, Walnut, White Oak and more. Be sure to check out our Bar Building Resources to see all of our custom wood selections, bar rail installation video, and instructional links.

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New Bar Front Panel Moldings

New Bar Front Panel Moldings

Available Online by Hardwoods Incorporated

Recently added to our bar front parts selections are our PM-58 and PM-158 panel moldings for trimming your bar front. The PM-58 is a cove and bead panel molding measuring 5/8” x 5/8” used in conjunction with our bar front fluted columns and trim kits. This is the same molding currently included with our bar front trim kits and is now also sold separately in 3 piece bundles.

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The PM-158 is a new panel molding measuring 7/8” x 1-5/8” used together with our fluted columns and bar front trim kits to create interior “picture frame” panels of various sizes across the front of the bar.

Panel Molding 158 DiagramPanel Molding Available in a Variety of SpeciesPanel Molding 158 with Bar Front Trim Kit

The PM-158 has is a multipurpose panel molding and can also be used to trim the edge of a bar top or back bar counter top as shown. If you are using a poured acrylic bar top finish the PM-158 is the perfect edge trim to create a lip for the acrylic by installing it 1/8” proud of the bar top. For brushed or sprayed bar top finishes keep the PM-158 flush with the bar top as shown.

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Both PM-58 and PM-158 panel moldings are available in 8’ lengths made from Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Poplar, Oak, and Walnut and can be custom made in any wood species. See our “wood library” for the wood selections currently available.

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New Addition to our Curved Bar Rail Molding Line

At Hardwoods Incorporated we’ve recently added two new curved bar rail molding corners. Pictured below are our BR158 – 135 degree radiuses available in a 6” or 12” version, suitable for small commercial bars, home bars and drink rails. We make these bar rail corners from a solid block of hardwood precision machined to match our BR158 Bar rail straight lengths and 90 degree radius corners.

BR158-135 Degree Radius

Our 135 Degree Radius Corners often generate questions from our clients; check out our FAQs to learn more about these radius corners.

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Also recently added is our BR475-S–135 Degree Radius Corners available in both 6″ and 12″ versions. This “bar top rail” is known as the original “Chicago Bar Rail Molding” used on Commercial bar tops, home bar tops and speakeasies back int he day. We make this 2 piece bar rail molding with a skirt up front giving it a curvy more massive look custom machined to match with our 90 degree radius corners and straight bar rail sections.

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We invite you to visit our Bar Building Resources page where you will find Bar Top Cutting Instructions for installation of our entire radius corner line along with finishing instructions, wood selections and helpful information to DIY your home or commercial bar.
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New Addition to our DIY Bar Building Products!

New item just added to our DIY bar building products; 21″ wide Main bar top kits tongue and groove offered in 6′, 8′ and 10′ lengths. This item can be used with or without our glass rail and drip edge option for a wider bar top surface. Suitable for commercial bar tops and home bar tops alike.

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Combine various lengths for our 21” wide or 16” wide main bar top kits to make a continuous bar top of any length by simply alternating the joints. See our “How to assemble and install bar top kits” for details.

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Be sure to visit our “Bar building resources” for helpful tips on building and finishing your home or commercial bar.

 

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How to Assemble & Install Main Bar Top Kits

Remove the bar top parts from the box and lay them out on your work bench to familiarize yourself with how they go together. Prepare the tools needed to complete the job; a drill, drill bits and countersink, 1-1/4” x #6 or #8 wood screws, wood glue, bar and C clamps and a clean damp cloth. Determine if you want to cut and fit all the planks first or cut, fit and install each plank as you go; whatever way is easier for you.

Next, miter and or cut to size the 6” wide plank and place it 1-9/16” from the front edge of the bar top using C clamps to hold it in place. Trace the perimeter of this plank with a pencil and remove it. Then drill and counter sink holes through the plywood sub top in a zigzag pattern about ¾” inside your pencil mark, remove any wood chips or debris from the sub top and install this plank using 1-1/4” x #6 or #8 wood screws only (NO GLUE).

Cut to length and or miter the 5” wide center plank, tap it into place to check fitment and repeat the drilling process described above. When installing this plank run a small bead of wood glue on top of the tongue only and tap it back into place with a rubber mallet or hammer. Use a small bar clamp across the planks to draw tight any gaps in the seam and install using 1-1/4” x #6 or #8 wood screws as previously described.

Now you are ready to install the third plank and optional fourth plank – if required – by repeating the same process. Once you have done this use the clean damp cloth to remove the excess glue and let it dry several hours. When the glue is dry, sand clean with a random orbit or vibrating sander to remove excess glue finger prints and debris.

You are now ready to install your bar rail molding, inside edge trim or glass rail and drip edge and begin to finish the wood bar top. Please refer to our “How to finish your bar rail molding” for tips on finishing.

It is also possible to attach the bar top planks from the top by counter sinking screws in the planks and installing matching wood plugs over the screw heads. (click on images to enlarge)

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If making a 10’ or longer bar top, use multiple kit combinations to achieve the required length by alternating the joints of the planks as shown below. You can use bisquet joints in the ends of the planks where they meet as an option. For customers requiring a wider main bar top or for those not using the glass rail and drip edge option, we offer our main bar top kits with an extra 5” wide plank for a 21” width as shown below. (click on images to enlarge)

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Bar Rail Molding 101

At Hardwoods Incorporated we’ve been making our bar rail moldings and matching radius bar rail corners to the same design specifications for over 40 years. Our double notch bar rail system accepts (2) layers of ¾” bar top material sandwiched one on top of another for a solid 1-1/2” thick bar top providing stability and strength. (As shown) All of our Chicago style bar rail moldings BR475, BR550, BR650, BR475-3CM and BR475-S lay at a perfect comfortable angle displaying their 3 dimensional qualities ideal for use on home bars, commercial bars and pub rails.

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When choosing a bar rail molding it is important to consider the bar top overhang of 8-1/2” to 10” which is required to accommodate bar stools and people of all sizes to sit comfortably at the bar. Bar rails with a single notch are designed to be installed on a layer of ¾”plywood or lumber making for a very thin bar top especially at the 10” overhang. Bar rail moldings that require “air space” or “filler parts” between layers of bar top material for installation entail a lot of extra work and material. Bar rail moldings that are pre-finished can be problematic as well especially when attempting miter cuts and the unavoidable cleanup of excess glue and sanding of the miter joints.

Bar Top, Drip Edge, Bar Rail & More
When using a solid slab of any thickness for your bar top our bar rail moldings are easily adaptable by either routering a notch in the slab or installing a mini sub top as shown below.

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When Installing and finishing our bar rail moldings be sure to visit our bar building resources page where you will find our bar rail installation video, our step by step bar rail finishing guide and other helpful hints on building your home or commercial bar yourself.

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