Archive for the ‘Bar Building’ Category

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…

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Custom Home Bar in Fort Myers Florida

Pictured is a recently completed custom home bar for a client in Fort Myers Florida; this bar features a natural edge bar top custom crafted from a 2″ thick slab of figured bubinga and finished with a pre-catalyzed acrylic lacquer. Visit our completed bar gallery to view more home and commercial bars & bar tops.   Save

Bar Top Wings | Hardwoods Incorporated

Bar top wings are blocks of solid hardwood made from the same wood type as the bar top and bar rail molding and are used at the junction where the glass rail, drip edge and bar rail molding meet. This situation usually occurs at the end of the bar top or entrance to go behind the bar. They are 1-1/2″ thick x 4-1/2″ wide and 12″ long cut on a 45 degree angle on one end as shown. The wings are easily attached to the edge of the bar top with bisquets and glue spanning the lamination between the plywood…

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New Bar Rail Moldings & Parts by HWI

We recently launched our new website and webstore which includes a few new bar rail offerings for home and commercial bar building projects. Pictured below is our BR475-3CM Bar Rail Molding We make our BR475-3CM bar rail molding with a 3CM top notch to fit over standard thickness granite or any other material suitable for a bar top including hardwoods, tile or metal. A 3/4 bottom notch is provided to receive the plywood sub top under the granite necessary for attaching the bar rail. BR475-3CM is available online in our standard wood species and can be customized in a variety…

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Finishing Your Bar Rail Molding

PRE-FINISHING YOUR BAR RAIL MOLDING PRIOR TO INSTALLATION IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED. Once you have viewed our installation video and have properly installed the bar rail molding we suggest the following steps. Mask off and protect the area where the bar rail meets the main bar top and begin the sanding process with 100 grit sand paper moving on up to 180 grit. Higher grits of sandpaper may be used but keep in mind the higher the grit and polish on the wood the less the stain will penetrate. Natural/clear finishes are not affected as…

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How to Build a Bar – Standard Dimensions, Specs & Resources

What are standard bar dimensions? How tall is a standard bar? How wide should you make a bar top? How do you build a home bar? How do you install Chicago bar rail? How do you cut and install curved radius bar rails for corners? These are the questions we receive all day, every day by wood workers, architects and contractors building home bars and commercial bars alike. Hardwoods Incorporated is now introducing our Bar Building Resources. Visit our new Bar Building Resource Center to learn how to install bar rail molding standard bar dimension and specifications how to cut…

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How to Install Bar Rail

How to Install Bar Rail A short guide to installing Chicago style bar rail: The tools we will be using to fit and install the bar rail molding are a drill, glue, screws, spoil board, 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…

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The Original Chicago Bar Rail

Are you building a bar, installing and counter in your store, shelving in your home, or finally finishing that man cave? Then you need to know about  BR 475S Chicago Bar Rail! BR 475S Bar Rail is the original style of Chicago Bar Rail. This bar rail style originally appeared in taverns, corner bars, VFW’S, American Legions, firehouses, and pubs throughout the USA in the early 40’s & 50’s. This bar rail style includes a shirt/apron that gives it a much thicker curvy appearance. During that era of bar building the Chicago bar rails were usually made from mahogany and…

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