How to Install Bar Rail & Radius Corners

Bar Rail Installation

A Video Guide to Installing Chicago Style Bar Rail Molding:

How to Install Bar Rail Molding Step-by-step

The tools we will be using to fit and install the bar rail molding are a drill, glue, screws, spoil board (Actual size BR475 1″ x 2″ & BR550 1″ x 1-7/8″), 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 box to the opposite 45 degree angle and position the other piece of bar rail for another cut.

After making both cuts we check the pieces for proper fitment and make any adjustments, if needed. Now we can drill pilot hols every 12 inches in our sub-top. We decided to make a biscuit joint on the bar rail miter for added strength, but this step is optional.

Now we are apply glue to the sub-top and to the top notch of the bar rail. Make sure to brush out the glue on the sub-top and on the bar rail for a closer fit.

After applying the glue we use clamps with blocking to hold the bar rail in position.

Finally, using the pilot holes that we drilled earlier, we can secure the bar rail to the bar top from underneath with screws. After some light sanding and applying a finish, the bar top will be ready to use.

Next: View our step-by-step instructions on how to finish your bar rail


Bar Rail Radius Corner Installation

Do you already have a bar with squared corners and want to use our radius corners?

Learn how to here!

Cutting a Bar Top Radius

Be sure to print these templates at full size for accuracy.

Radius Template Instructions 6″ Radius Template 12″ Radius Template

Don’t forget, Safety First: always wear eye and ear protection.

The bar rail was incredibly easy to install. Excellent quality, great packaging, excellent customer service.

Jaymie B. – Aurora, Colorado

01/20/2020

BR550 Home Bar Rail Molding

This was the first Bar that we have done and decided to go with the BR 475 style rail. First off I’d like to Thank the Folks at Hardwood Inc for a very quick turn around on getting our bar rail to us. And I will have to say everything they told me on it was on the money. I did make a jig because it was the 1st one as I said before to make my 45 cuts at both ends of the bar. But the end joints were beautiful and took little to no work.

Thanks Again!

Johnny C. – Lexington Kentucky

01/11/19

 

I’d like to Thank the Folks at Hardwood Inc!