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Natural edge slab bar tops

Natural edge bar tops are usually made from one solid piece of kiln dried wood with the natural edges of the log exposed on one or both sides of the bar top. In our shop, the slabs are planed, straight lined on one edge if needed and then sanded to final thickness. When several slabs are required to make a large bar top, wood slabs cut in a sequence are preferred and used when available.

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Because seasoned wood slabs usually have some of the bark still attached we take the time to carefully remove all the loose bark prior to sanding the natural edge, producing a smooth soft surface with a worn in look. The very ends of the slabs are also trimmed square if required. Once the slabs have been through our millwork shop they are ready to be crated and shipped to the customer. We also offer other milling services on bar top slabs  such as live edge relocation, cutting to length, jointing, and mitering.

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Pictured below is a custom bar top milled in our shop using three sequence matched knotty pine slabs with natural edges. This bar top was finished 2″ in thickness by 27″ in width and measured 45 feet long made for a commercial bar project in Glen Burnie Maryland.

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To get a quote on a custom bar top, just send us a rough sketch, picture or finished plans and we will be in touch to discuss the details or call us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL for additional information.

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Bar Foot Rail Kits

Our quality bar foot rail kits are made in the USA from sturdy American ash hardwood and will add the perfect finishing touch to your home bar. The solid ash brackets and foot rail moldings are designed to attach to any bar front and work especially well when used with our bar front trim kits and bar front fluted columns.

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We offer our wooden bar foot rail kits in 6′ and 8′ lengths with custom configurations available. Contact us for details.

  • The FR6 foot rail kit includes three (3) brackets and 6′ of foot rail molding.
  • The FR8 foot rail kit includes four (4) brackets and 8′ of foot rail molding.
  • The 6″ base molding displayed in photos is not included in the kit.
  • Click Here for installation suggestions.

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All of our bar foot rail kits come unassembled, unfinished, and ready to stain and top coat to match your new or existing bar. You can combine kits to make one long foot rail or to miter around the corner of an L shaped bar. We offer a variety of other bar front parts designed to work with our foot rail system to complete the front of any home or commercial bar. Check out our entire line of bar building products available to help you build the perfect basement bar, shed bar or pub.

For more information please contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL

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Foot Rail Installation Options

Foot Rail Installation Options

For finished existing bars:

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Pre-drill the foot rail brackets and attach them to the bar front using trim screws and wood glue as shown. Be sure to keep the bracket plumb and tight to the floor.

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For bars under construction using our bar front trim kits:

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Pre-drill the foot rail bracket and base board, attach the bracket to the 6″ tall base board molding with wood screws and glue from the back as shown. Be sure to keep the bracket plumb and flush with the bottom of the base board molding. Install the baseboard molding with the brackets attached.

Buy a Bar Foot Rail Kit  Buy a Bar Front Trim Kit

For bars under construction using our bar front fluted columns and corners:

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Pre-drill the foot rail bracket and plinth block, attach the bracket to the 7″ tall plinth block with wood screws and glue from the back as shown. Be sure to keep the bracket plumb, flush with the bottom and centered on the plinth block. Install the plinth block with the bracket attached.

Buy a Bar Foot Rail Kit  Buy Bar Front Fluted Corners

Installing the foot rail molding to the foot rail brackets:

FR-install-pic-onlyThe bar foot rail molding comes rabbited on the bottom and installs with the full bull nose edge out front. Keep the foot rail molding tight against the foot rail brackets, using wood glue and pin nails or round head screws to attach it from the top as shown. Be sure to pre-drill the foot rail molding if installing with screws. The foot rail molding may also be installed using dowels or screws with flush plugs over the screw heads.

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Custom bar top kits and bar rail moldings for home and commercial bars.

We recently had the privileged to worked with a client in Bushnell Illinois building a large commercial bar in an 1870’s building being renovated into a bar and restaurant. The project required custom bar top kits, Curved and straight Chicago bar rail moldings and bar top trim all made from quartersawn sapele mahogany. Working closely with the client we carefully selected the sapele mahogany lumber for color and grain and proceeded to machine all of the parts required in our western Maryland millwork facility. Once completed the entire project was carefully inspected, packaged and shipped by freight to our client for final fitment, assembly and finishing. The customer received the bar building materials, he substantially completed the job and then sent us progress pictures with a review to share with other potential customers.

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Custom tongue and grooved bar top kits.

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Curved Chicago bar rail molding.

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Fully assembled bar top kits and bar rail moldings.

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Completed bar top and back bar prior to finishing.

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We’ve received many testimonials and pictures from clients over the years sharing their experiences with our products and services and would like to extend a “Thank you” to Mark for his review below.

My wife and I are renovating an 1870’s masonry building with the goal of turning it into a bar and a restaurant. Besides the challenge of the project itself, we’re doing most of the work ourselves and are not professionals. My first real experience with carpentry has just been in the last 18 months working on this project. Before doing this bar top, all I had worked with was pine – wood that I could ‘putty and paint’.  When I contacted Paul and Hardwoods Incorporated, it wasn’t really possible for me to hide that I didn’t know much about finished wood, or even carpentry.  Paul quickly, professionally and gracefully guided me thru the design and material selection. I placed the order and it arrived on time, and well packaged so that nothing could get damaged.  I downloaded the relevant install instructions from their website, and watched their videos. I couldn’t be more pleased with the service, quality, and value I received. As I told Paul on the phone after I finished the install, my compliments to him and his company would be better appreciated if he knew how picky I am.   I give these guys my highest recommendation and have let them know they are free to share my contact information with potential customers looking for a reference.

Mark R.

Bushnell, Illinois

 

Bar Rail Molding for 3CM granite or any thick bar top material.

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we make and stock our BR475-3CM Bar Rail Moldings in a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods suitable for use on standard granite thicknesses of 3CM. This bar rail can be used on any bar top material natural or man-made that is 1-3/16” thick or more.

Bar Rail Moldings

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The BR475-3CM Bar Rail Molding measures 1-3/4” thick by 4-5/8” wide, giving it a strong, robust appearance. For customers liking this look, you can install the 3CM molding on your bar top of any thickness by making simple alterations to accommodate the 3CM notch as shown.

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We offer our BR475-3CM bar arm rest molding in 6’, 8’ and 10’ lengths online with longer custom lengths available in certain wood species by request.

Please contact us 1-844-BAR-RAIL with questions, for a price quote or to place an order. From planning to final finishing of your bar, we are here to help!

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.

Do you know about the new addition to our Bar Rail Molding Line?

Introducing our BR450 Chicago bar rail molding!br450-slide

We’re making and stocking our new BR450 Bar rail molding in premium red oak and poplar hardwoods for quick shipment nationwide. This simple notched design is very versatile and allows for installation on a variety of bar top thicknesses and configurations. Our BR450 wood arm rest moldings are great for home bars, commercial bars and drink rails along a wall for extra guests.br450-profile-to-scaleBR450 single layer bar top profileWhen using our solid hardwood bar top kits on a plywood sub base the BR450 makes for a perfect fit. With the installation of our matching drip edge molding underneath the bar rail and in front of the sub top, depth and dimension is added to the profile as illustrated below.

16-in-bar-top-w-glass-rail-br450If you would like the BR450 bar rail in a wood other than oak and poplar, we will make it for you as we mill our complete line of bar building products in a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods. Visit our wood library for samples of species offered. To see all of our bar rail moldings or If you’re not sure which bar rail is best for your application checkout our bar rail molding profile gallery or contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL for assistance.

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Do you need bar rail molding longer than 8’? We have it up to 16’ long!

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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’ bar rail moldings offered online are made from one full length of bar rail which we cut in half. We install bisquet joints so they can be re-assembled on the bar top, matching the grain back together. These are NOT two random pieces of bar rail.

Cutting these longer bar rails in half allows us to provide you with one piece of bar rail made from the same piece of wood that we can ship anywhere in the country at a lower price.

We also offer a tool at checkout “order notes,” where you can indicate if you want your 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 uncut full lengths of our bar rail molding by LTL truck is available and makes sense for larger purchases.

If you are interested in having one of our longer bar rail pieces shipped whole or in half, please call us for a quote. Be sure to also ask about our 16’ long bar rails available in limited styles and wood types for your larger bar projects!

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“I purchased the red oak rail to match the pattern of the bar. It is truly amazing how it completed the look of the top. It is always the first thing people notice. I was nervous about receiving a split 10′ piece, but the biscuit joint worked out great and you can hardly see the seam. Thanks so much for a great product.”

Jeff B. Rochester, NY

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“Hello,
I wanted to write and thank you for your excellent product and help with ordering.
We selected the BR550 “Chicago Style” bar edge in oak. Your advice on going with the precut/jointed pieces to allow delivery by UPS was perfect. You can not spot the seam as you said once installed and stained.
Your product is the perfect finishing touch and we receive many compliments on the “custom” touch your product added.”

Daniel, Crown Point, IN

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Easy to install bar rail molding.

We make bar rail molding installation quick and easy with our simple notched design that fits snugly over standard thickness bar top materials along with our installation video to guide you every step of the way. image007br450-single-layer-bartop

While some companies sell bar rails, they don’t make bar rails. What they offer requires a lot of extra work, time and cost just to accommodate installation of their product. Why use extra layers of plywood, shims, or some other nonstock, hard to find thickness of material for your bar top in order to make the bar rail fit?

At Hardwoods Incorporated we’ve been making bars and bar rails for over 40 years. We know from experience what works best and that’s why our bar rail moldings are designed to fit on standard thickness bar top materials. Our BR475, BR475-S, BR550 and BR650 bar railings install on 2 layers of ¾” material. Our BR450 and BR158 railings can be installed on 1 or 2 layers of ¾” material and our BR475-3CM bar rail installs on standard granite and stone thickness of 3 centimeters.

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We realize sometimes our customers are working with irregular slabs of wood or other unusual materials of various thicknesses that require special applications. That’s where our experience in dealing with these situations comes in. We can show you how to install our products on any bar top by providing simple, common sense solutions that work and look good.

Bar Building Parts

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Should your application require additional answers, please contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL or visit our blog and bar building resources link for more information on our products and special applications.

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Extreme Length Chicago Style Bar Rail Moldings.

At Hardwoods Incorporated we make all of our Bar Rail Moldings in house giving us the flexibility to provide our customers with products in a variety of wood species and bar rail lengths, some up to 18 feet long. Pictured below are a few examples of our recently completed custom bar rail productions.

Here is an order we completed for a customer in upstate New York for our BR475 Bar rail molding, it included two quartersawn sapele mahogany bar rails 18’ long and three red oak 16’.

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Pictured is an order for three 16’ lengths of our BR475 arm rest molding 16 feet long made from natural hard rock maple for a client in Chicago.

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Here is a recent production run of our BR475 Chicago bar rail molding made from cabinet grade knotty pine, red oak and poplar in 15’ and 16’ lengths bound for various commercial and home bar tops throughout the US and Canada.

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No matter what your requirements; whether you need extra-long bar rail moldings, specific lengths or a wooden bar arm rest made from an exotic hardwood contact us at 1-844-BAR-RAIL for more information.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.

 

How to finish the end of a bar top & bar rail

When building your own home bar whether it is free standing, a peninsula or an L shaped bar, at some point you will need to finish the end of your bar top and bar rail molding. Here are a few suggestions on how to do just that without using those unsightly end caps.

Here the bar top end was finished by laminating a piece of matching solid wood over the raw edge of the main and sub bar top prior to installing the bar rail.

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Here you can see where the bar top, glass rail, drip edge and bar rail molding come together. By installing one of our bar top wings you can create a smooth intersection for all of these bar top parts to meet resulting in a clean professional look.

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Here you can see a custom granite bar top where the end was finished by covering the sub top with inside edge trim and the BR475-3CM bar rail mitered back to itself creating a natural end to the molding and bar top.

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At Hardwoods Incorporated we strive to bring answers to your bar building questions by anticipating potential challenges and offer common sense solutions that look good and are done correctly. We make and use our bar building products everyday, this all we do and we know them well. Please contact us 1-844-BAR-RAIL to learn more about how to build a bar.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.