Bar Building Blog

Why choose Hardwoods Incorporated?

When searching for the finishing touch for your home or commercial bar, do you really want to buy your bar top or bar rail molding from a source that also sells refrigerators, concrete, and shingles? How important to you is quality and technical support? Do you desire the ability to watch a video of a bar top installation or speak to a knowledgeable person when you’re in a bind?

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we do bar-building supplies. And only bar-building supplies. With our premium bar rail moldings, radius corners, bar tops, and other bar-building necessities, you are sure to find something to fit your needs and deliver you the quality and beauty you expect from your home or commercial bar.

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Cheap bar rail moldings are made thin and fast to save money, resulting in profiles that do not match and surface chatter marks that are difficult to sand and are outside of professional standards.

Before you buy bar rail molding check the following:

1) Is the thickness of the bar rail molding less than 1-3/8”?

2) Do you need to use a 2” x 4”, a shim panel or 3 layers of plywood to install the thin bar rail molding costing additional time and labor?

3) Is the bar rail molding offered in lengths longer than 8’ and in a variety of wood species to match your bar top?

4) Does the vendor provide an installation video, finishing instructions, and customer support?

5) Does the vendor offer to prefinished bar rail (Something that is never a good idea)?

6) Does the product have good reviews from verified customers?

7) Have you tried to call the vendor with pre-purchase questions?

8) Does the vendor make the product or just sell it from a third party shipper?

 

Be sure to ask all these questions of your potential suppliers because, in the end, you get what you pay for.

At Hardwoods Incorporated we make every product we sell in-house, starting with premium kiln-dried rough lumber. Each piece is hand-selected for quality, color, and grain to give you beautiful finished bar rail molding, bar top parts and bar front parts.

Our premium bar rail moldings finish 1-3/8” to 1-3/4” thick and fit easily onto 2 layers of ¾” material. We recommend a quality plywood sub top and our solid wood main bar top kits directly on top as shown. Flooring is not recommended.

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Our bar rail moldings are available in lengths from 2’ to 16’ in over a dozen domestic and imported wood species including ash, oak, maple, cherry, walnut, poplar, and mahogany.

Our “Bar building resources” link contains over a dozen tutorials, installation videos, templates, and blogs to answer all your pre- and post-purchase questions. There, you will find helpful suggestions from our bar rail experts.

We take pride in our work from selecting the rough lumber to fabrication of the bar rail parts, from packaging to shipping. We respect your purchase and your business.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated

 

Why Choose a Hardwood bar top Slab?

Sanded & Sealed. 2" thick x 24"-29" wide x 129" long. $4500.00

Hardwood bar tops make great additions to any home or commercial bar! Each unique slab comes with its own set of colors, wood grain, and flaws, giving your project an individual character. We at Hardwoods Incorporated have a wide variety of natural hardwood bar top slabs to choose from.

No two hardwood bar top slabs are alike, meaning your project will be unlike any other bar top out there.

Our solid one-piece bar top slabs can be routered with a soft bull nose edge to show off the full character of your new bar top while being a comfortable space for your guests to rest their arms. The bar top slabs also can be notched so you can add one of our Chicago-style bar rail moldings, and with many styles to choose from, you can find something to suit your needs.

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If you don’t like either of those options, your hardwood bar top slab can be kept in its natural form, and the edges can be sanded to a gentle finish to give your home or business that extra rustic touch.

Hardwood bar top slabs come in both domestic and imported wood species. Our inventory changes frequently as we receive new shipments, and no two bar tops ever look the same. Contact us today to see what we have in stock so you can be on your way to choosing that perfect piece to finish off your home or commercial bar.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated!

Custom Commercial Bar Top

Pictured is a recently completed commercial bar top made from solid oak for a client in Chester, New York and manufactured by Hardwoods Incorporated using our stock bar top kits, glass rail & drip edge, bar top wings and BR475 Bar Rail Molding and radius corner.

New Shipping Specifications for BR475-S Bar Rail Radius Corners

Our BR475-S bar rail molding corners now ship with the skirt/apron portion trimmed back 1/2″ as shown below:

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This 1/2″ cut back allows for the adjoining straight section of apron to lap over onto the radius section and thus creating a visual offset.

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The offset adds strength to the joint, looks better visually and eliminates the need for perfect allignment with the seam on the actual bar rail molding itself. Please contact us with questions or concerns prior to ordering or when installing our BR475-S Bar Rail Radius Corners.

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How Much Bar Rail Do I Need?

Not sure how much bar rail molding and parts to order? Don’t see the wood specie or lengths required to complete your home or commercial bar top? Please Contact Us by phone, 1-844-BAR-RAIL, or by email. Our staff is eager and ready to answer pre-order questions and make recommendations for your specific bar project. You may also send us a rough sketch, finished drawing or picture of the bar you want to build and we will respond with our suggestions on the best methods, bar building materials and shipping options to achieve your goal.

At Hardwoods Incorporated we stock a large selection of bar building materials, we offer options for custom fabricated bar parts and provide technical support after the sale as well. If you are unfamiliar with construction or woodworking terminology or are just unsure how to get started please contact us, we welcome the opportunity to help the novice as well as the accomplished residential or commercial builder. We will make you feel right at home. For more information on building a bar, check out our bar building resources page to view tutorials and videos to help you get started building your home or commercial bar.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.

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Antique Football : Thanks to Hardwoods Incorporated for manufacturing the materials that made this dream man cave a reality!

 

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.

Thank you for considering Hardwoods Incorporated.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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