Bar Rail Molding 101

At Hardwoods Incorporated we’ve been making our bar rail moldings and matching radius bar rail corners to the same design specifications for over 40 years. Our double notch bar rail system accepts (2) layers of ¾” bar top material sandwiched one on top of another for a solid 1-1/2” thick bar top providing stability and strength. (As shown) All of our Chicago style bar rail moldings BR475, BR550, BR650, BR475-3CM and BR475-S lay at a perfect comfortable angle displaying their 3 dimensional qualities ideal for use on home bars, commercial bars and pub rails.

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When choosing a bar rail molding it is important to consider the bar top overhang of 8-1/2” to 10” which is required to accommodate bar stools and people of all sizes to sit comfortably at the bar. Bar rails with a single notch are designed to be installed on a layer of ¾”plywood or lumber making for a very thin bar top especially at the 10” overhang. Bar rail moldings that require “air space” or “filler parts” between layers of bar top material for installation entail a lot of extra work and material. Bar rail moldings that are pre-finished can be problematic as well especially when attempting miter cuts and the unavoidable cleanup of excess glue and sanding of the miter joints.

Bar Top, Drip Edge, Bar Rail & More
When using a solid slab of any thickness for your bar top our bar rail moldings are easily adaptable by either routering a notch in the slab or installing a mini sub top as shown below.

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When Installing and finishing our bar rail moldings be sure to visit our bar building resources page where you will find our bar rail installation video, our step by step bar rail finishing guide and other helpful hints on building your home or commercial bar yourself.

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Thank you Hardwoods Incorporated!

Elks Lodge – Middletown, New York

09/20/19

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Bar top kits, bar front kits and Chicago bar rail moldings.

Paul,

I just wanted to thank you for including that extra inch on the bar rail a few weeks ago and let you know how it turned out.

When we went to install it, we had exactly 3/8″ to spare! We trimmed it up and it slid right in. It looks fantastic!

Also, all of the helpful hints on the website were greatly appreciated. By the time I got done reading/watching all of the instructions and related hints, I was fully prepared and didn’t encounter any nasty surprises. Frankly, it may have been one of the easiest parts of the project.

I am sanding things down now in preparation for staining.

Thanks again.

David P.Glenview, IL