Bar Building Blog

Traditional wood bar arm rest molding with cropped corners.

When building a home or commercial bar of any size or shape at some point in the process you will need to decide how to deal with the corner or corners of the bar rail molding. The standard option for navigating turns in bar rail molding is the simple 90 degree mitered corner. Although this option may be a fast and easy way to make the corner it can result in a somewhat sharp edge at the very tip of the miter that can be a little tough on your guests. There is another option.  How about taking the edge off your bar rail with a cropped corner? Pictured below is our BR475 Bar rail molding cut with a 45 degree insert as a softer alternative to the standard 90 degree mitered corner.

45 Degree Bar Rail Corner

The cropped corner is accomplished by first cutting 1-1/2″ to 2″ off the corner of the bar top on a 45 degree angle and then mitering the three bar rail molding pieces around the corner. If a larger cropped corner is desired you will need to cut more off the corner of bar top in step one.

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Our 10 Favorite Home Bars on Houzz

Houzz is one of the best places on the internet to get home project and design ideas. You can search by a whole host of options, including color, material type, style, and budget. For anyone looking for some home bar design inspiration, here are 10 of our favorites found on Houzz:

Minnetrista Basement

We love the gorgeous, dark wood used on this bar, which the designer says is knotty alder. The deep, rich finish of the bar contrasts with the light-colored carpeting and quartzite flooring to make this bar feel cozy without being cramped.

Get this look: Bar front fluted column & BR 475 bar rail

Trophy Room

The high ceilings, bar front inlays, the custom map inlay on the ceiling – What’s not to love about this home bar? And the compass inlay in the wood floor adds an extra-special custom touch to this room. Check out all the other photos on this project to see how the whole room came together.

Get this look: Hardwood bar top slab in curly red oak

Texas-Style Mediterranean

This is such a fantastic use of a small space to carve out a unique home feature. Collecting all your wine corks in a beautiful vase is a great way to keep memories of the fun and good times you’ve had at your home bar.

Get this look: Bar front trim kit

Mr. Shrinivas Residence

This modern, minimalist home bar would fit in with a mid-century modern home just as well as an ultra-sleek contemporary design. We love the lighted columns on either side of the bar top to add a warm, inviting glow.

Get this look: BR 158 bar rail

Basement Remodel

What goes better when your favorite drink but a tasty snack? Our favorite part of this home bar is the glass-front snack drawers, so you always know what you have in stock. There’s also plenty of cabinet space behind the bar to store everything you need for entertaining.

Get this look: Inside edge trim

Montana Family Compound

The unique, natural slab shape of this bar top gives this home bar the feel of an old British pub. And we can’t get over how amazing the flagstones on the walls look in this small space.

Get this look: Natural edge bar top slab

Minnesota Residence

The paint colors and sleek lines on this home bar give a contemporary feel to a traditional bar design. The unique wall sconces and custom bar stools really put this one over the top!

Get this look: Bar foot rail kit

Log Cabin Awesome

This large home bar would have plenty of room for all your friends! We especially love all the display shelves for showing off your favorite glasses and knick knacks.

Get this look: Bar top kit

Elegant English Country Home

This bar really gives the feel of having a true Irish pub in the basement. The carved leprechauns inlaid in the back wall are a truly unique touch that we can’t resist.

Get this look: Edge trim molding

Lakeview Renovation

The high ceilings and natural lighting make the dark wood of this bar feel warm and inviting instead of overwhelming. Check out all the other photos of this project to see some amazing extra features!

Get this look: BR 550 bar rail

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Check out our Bar Building Resources for all the information, soup to nuts, and our full range of bar top slabs, bar rails, bar front parts, and bar top parts to complete your dream bar!

Walnut Bar Rail Molding.

We had a busy morning today making walnut bar rail molding and matching radius corners for several holiday home bars. Pictured below are straight and curved sections of our BR475 Bar rails run from premium American Black Walnut sourced from a small sawmill in the Midwest.

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To learn more about leaning on our bar rails contact us @ 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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Large Chicago Style Bar Rail Molding.

If you are building a commercial bar or sizable home bar you should know about our BR650 Chicago Style Bar Rail molding. It measures a full 6-1/2″ wide by 1-3/8″ thick and is available in lengths up to 16′ long. We make and stock the BR650 in oak, poplar, maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany, with other figured and exotic hardwoods available by request.

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This is our biggest bar rail molding widely used for large commercial bar tops in restaurants, pubs, night clubs and even large home bars. To learn more about resting your arms on this bar rail molding visit the BR650 landing page or contact us @ 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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How to build a bar top.

When making a home or commercial bar top we always recommend using ¾” thick solid hardwood for the main bar top as it is more durable and longer lasting than a plywood top and can even be refinished. At Hardwoods Incorporated we make and sell solid hardwood bar top kits in a variety of wood species. Standard sizes available are ¾” thick x 16” or 21” wide x 6’, 8’ and 10’ lengths with custom configurations available by request. Bar top kits are designed to be installed over a quality plywood sub top and offset to accept the wood bar arm rest molding as shown below.

16 Inch Bar Top with Glass Rail

 

When making an L shaped or U shaped home bar top, the most common way to make the corner is to miter cut the bar top kits as shown below.

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Another option for making a 90 degree corner is the offset or herringbone corner which is accomplished by alternating the planks instead of mitering which saves time and makes for a nice professional looking corner as shown below.

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Whether you miter cut or offset your main bar top kit, our bar rail radius corners and matching straight sections will install easily either way while adding a comfortable custom look to your bar project.

For more information on how to build a bar top using our products check out our one stop bar building shop or contact us for professional advice at 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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Build a holiday home bar.

Build a holiday home bar with the help of Hardwoods Incorporated your One Stop Bar Building Shop. We have in stock and ready for quick shipment; Bar rail moldings, radius corners and all the bar front parts needed to build the perfect home bar. Whether you need bar rail molding 2′ to 16′ long or matching radius corners 6″ or 12″ we have it in stock in oak, poplar, maple, cherry, mahogany, walnut and more. No back orders and no delays because we make everything right here in the USA in our own facility in Western Maryland.

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We also make to order easy to assemble and easy to install main bar top kits, tongue and grooved to help speed up the job. Just install the bar top kits over a plywood sub top, add your choice of bar rail molding on the outside and our inside edge trim on the bartenders side. Available in all our standard domestic and exotic hardwoods.

Expanded Bar Top Kit Display

When it comes to finishing the front of your bar wall, just cover the framing with the hardwood plywood of your choice then trim the corners, vertical seams and ends with our matching bar front fluted columns and fluted column corners. Finish the bar front horizontal base and top surfaces with our bar front trim kits and panel moldings. Available in all our standard domestic and exotic hardwoods.

Fluted columns

For more information on building a home bar using our in stock bar building products please checkout our website for details on all the component parts needed to get the job done or Contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL.

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Hardwoods Incorporated One Stop Bar Building Shop.

Choosing the right bar rail molding for your bar is as important as the bar top itself. By any name; bar top rail, wood bar armrest molding, or Chicago style bar rail, it is the first thing you notice on any bar top and is the only part of the bar you really come in contact with. Whether building a small home bar out of walnut or a large commercial bar from hickory it is essential to have a bar rail molding that matches the size, scale and wood of your bar design. Consider building a bar from a figured domestic wood or an exotic hardwood and don’t limit yourself to one profile and a couple of wood species. Check out all your options and the seven different bar rail molding profiles available at Hardwoods Incorporated offered in a wide variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods.

Pictured below: BR475-S The Original Chicago Bar Rail Molding.

BR475-S

Pictured below: BR450 Traditional Wood Bar Arm Rest Molding shown with optional drip edge trim.

BR450 with optional drip edge apron

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Pictured: BR475 Bar Rail Radius Corners 90 degree 6″ and 12″ Mahogany, Oak and Poplar

Want to cut corners in a good way? Try adding a 6 inch or 12 inch bar rail radius corner to take the edge off. A curved bar rail will add a custom look while adding a much softer corner than the typical miter. Another advantage of using radius corners is they cut down the amount of straight bar rail required and all the cuts are straight. To make the installation of your bar rail as easy as possible, pick the bar rail and matching radius corner system that does NOT require any special shims or extra layers of plywood to complicate things saving you time and money.

Try Hardwoods Incorporated. We provide installation instructions, how to videos, bar top preparation instructions, templates and more on our website making installation very easy.

Nothing says custom made more than the addition of a curved bar rail molding made from a figured domestic or exotic hardwood. For more information on how to select a bar rail and radius corner for your home or commercial bar please contact us or call 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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Custom orders of Chicago Bar Rail Molding.

We really enjoy making customized versions of our bar rail moldings and parts. We especially like making curved parts in wood species that can be a challenge to work with such as quartersawn oak and natural hickory. Pictured below are two such jobs we made recently for clients needing curved and matching straight rails for home bars under construction in Arizona and New York.

BR475 Bar Rail Molding Natural Hickory

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BR475-S Bar Rail Corners Quartersawn Red Oak

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Nothing says custom more than the addition of curved moldings made from figured or unusual hardwoods. For more information on customizing your home bar or commercial bar please contact us or call 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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Hardwoods Incorporated One Stop Bar Building Shop

Whether you’re building a home or commercial bar, pool bar or bar shed it is always a good idea to start with the proper Bar building resources. Standard bar dimensions and specifications are good to know as you begin to layout and design your bar. How to assemble and install the bar top and which bar rail molding to choose? What is the best wood choice for your bar and how to stain and finish the bar top? What about curved bar rail corners and how easy are they to install? How about the bar front details and foot rail? Wouldn’t it be great to have a one stop source for instructions, technical support and delivery of most everything needed to build a bar? Try Hardwoods Incorporated for Bar building resources to answer these and most other questions that will arise during the bar building process.

Bar Top, Drip Edge, Bar Rail & MoreBar DiagramWhen researching where to buy bar rail molding and parts, wouldn’t it also make sense to go direct to the people who actually make the products and have hands on experience installing them? Craftsmen who have been there and done that are engineering better bar rail moldings, bar top parts, bar front parts and methods of installing and finishing them. Pictured below for example we demonstrate how to finish the end of a bar top and bar rail without the use of unsightly end caps. Also shown is a close up shot of our BR475 Bar rail molding 135 degree radius corner installed on a lacewood bar top made in our shop by the same craftsmen who make your bar rail molding. At Hardwoods Incorporated we make, stock and have installed every bar building part we sell.

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This is the first in a series of blogs intended to to familiarize customers with the bar building processes, bar parts and finishing techniques. Our next blog in the series will focus on the various types of bar rail molding profiles and wood species available. For more information about how to build a bar please visit our bar building resources page and contact us @ 844-BAR-RAIL

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Bar front parts for Home Bars.

At Hardwoods Incorporated we make and stock a large selection of bar front parts to make and finish the front of your commercial or home bar. We have bar front fluted columns and corners, bar front trim kits and panel moldings in oak, maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany and more. All of our bar front parts are designed to work together and install easily over your existing bar wall.

Panel Molding 158 with Bar Front Trim Kit

Combine our bar front trim kits, fluted columns, and panel moldings to finish your bar creating various looks from traditional to craftsman style. Offered in all our standard wood species including poplar for staining or painting as shown on the bar front below.

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We recently add a new wood bar foot rail system to our product line that interacts perfectly with our bar front trim kits and fluted columns. Pictured below shows the bar foot rail attached to the 6″ baseboard from our trim kits (Sold separately) prior to installing it on the bar front. Bar foot rail Main

Sometimes customers need bar parts custom made to a specific size or from a figured domestic or exotic hardwood. We offer custom milling of all of our bar building components including all bar front parts, bar top parts and our line of 7 different Chicago bar rail moldings and corners. Pictured below is an order of  custom milled fluted column corners, flat columns and trim kits made from quartersawn red oak hardwood.

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If you are just starting to plan or build your own home bar a good place to start is our “bar building resources” page where you will find standard bar dimensions and specifications, bar top and bar rail installation instructions, bar rail finishing instructions, a wood library and our finish bar gallery full of pictures of bars made by beginners and professionals.

For more information about our one stop bar building shop please visit our website or contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.