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3 Tips for Balancing Quality & Cost in Your Bar-Building Project

Choosing to build a custom bar means you have full control over the entire project. From where to build it right down to the lighting you’ll use, you get to make all the decisions. For many bar builders, their dreams get a little out of pace from their budgets, with great ideas flowing faster than the cash to purchase the necessary pieces. If you want to create a high-quality custom bar without totally breaking the bank, follow these 3 tips: Prioritize & Make Necessary Cuts Being on a budget with any project means you’re unlikely to get everything you want…

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Introducing a New Bar Rail Profile: The BR-350!

In our quest to offer the products that you, our loyal customers, want to see, we’ve developed a brand new bar rail profile! The BR-350 bar rail features a first for Hardwoods Incorporated – a fully curved profile. Give your guests the ultimate in armrest comfort without sacrificing your custom bar’s sleek style. The curved profile appears to rise up out of your bar top. The BR-350 comes with a notched section for easy attachment to bar tops ranging from ¾” to 3” in thickness. Just use glue and screws underneath the bar top and you’re in business! This gorgeous…

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6 Storage Solutions for Your Home Bar

Your home bar is supposed to be a place where you can relax and entertain your friends. You all share a few drinks, some stories, and maybe watch the game on TV. But there’s one thing that’s standing between you and that relaxing home bar: You don’t know where to store everything. From wine bottles to highball glasses, martini shakers to beer mugs, you’re having a difficult time putting everything in its place.  Whether you’re battling small space issues or organizational paralysis, here are 6 great storage solutions for your home bar: Minimalist Wine Rack Unless you’re a big wine…

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4 Tips for Small-Space Bar-Building

You would love to build a bar in your home, but you’re short on space. Whether you’re living in a condo or you’re squished in somewhere so space is at a premium, you may feel that you’re just living an impossible dream. However, with a little creativity and some careful planning, you can have the bar of your dreams in your small space! Here are 4 tips for building a bar in a small space: Think up, Not out When you’re lacking in horizontal space, you have to get creative. That may mean that your bar and its components reach…

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Give Your Bar a Unique Twist with Live Edge Bar Tops

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we aim to find unique, interesting ways to help you create the bar of your dreams. Whether you’re planning the ultimate man cave or you’re getting ready to renovate your bar at the local watering hole, you want something that’s going to stand out. Our live edge bar top slabs give you the unique, rustic look you’re aiming for, backed by our commitment to exceptional customer service. Each of our natural edge bar top slabs is hand-chosen from the highest-quality wood we can find and planned by our team. We ship the bar top slab to you,…

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Introducing New Crown Molding from Hardwoods Incorporated!

Your finished custom bar project is beautiful, with high-quality bar rails and a sleek bar top. But there’s something missing: You want to find a way to finish the front of your bar, or the wall behind it, but aren’t really satisfied with the choices you see in stores. To help you get the exact custom bar you want – or just to give a room in your home a little extra finish – we’ve developed Hardwoods Incorporated exclusive crown molding! Available in three sizes and styles, our high-quality crown molding is created from the same hand-picked hardwoods as all…

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Hardwood Species for Your Custom Bar

You’ve got your custom bar’s location all scoped and measured out, and you’ve taken the time to carefully consider the design elements you want to include. The next major task you have to complete before you can move on to the building phase is to choose what species of wood you want your bar to be built from. There are multiple species of hardwoods that would make a great custom bar (We carry more than a dozen species at Hardwoods Incorporated!), but finding the right one for your project is important to getting the finished look you want. Here are…

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What Is True Chicago Bar Rail Molding?

Chicago bar rail molding. The term has become popular in the bar-building industry in recent years, with more and more bar parts manufacturers marketing their products as “Chicago bar rail molding.” But here at Hardwoods Incorporated, we make the original Chicago bar rail molding. What Is True Chicago Bar Rail Molding? The original Chicago bar rail moldings are thick and sturdy, built to withstand thousands of people bellying up to the speakeasy bar for their illicit drinks. It has a stylized, curved apron, giving it a bold but smooth appearance. This apron became a practical location for installing neon lighting…

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A Guide to Beer Types

Favorite beer types are as personal as favorite foods – Everyone has their own opinions and own reasons for choosing a certain style. Pale ales, pilsners, lagers… There are so many to choose from, and each has its own unique characteristics and flavors. But if you look at the draught menu at your favorite restaurant and your head spins trying to figure out which one won’t taste terrible to you, we can help. Check out this guide to beer types to help you select the type for you:   2 Basic Types of Beer To begin, there are two basic…

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Home bar top by Hardwoods Incorporated.

We recently completed a custom home bar bar top for a local client using solid poplar hardwood. The project involved several offsets and notches to fit around a column and on top of irregular shaped cabinets. Pictured is the layout, measurement and design stage of the bar top project. Next we have the rough cut out and glue up stage where we over size the bar top blank for cutting later. Here we show the bar top blank cut to the size and shape and installed over the plywood sub top. Notice that the sub top extends past the main bar…

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Paul was awesome at getting me exactly what I was looking for. Even with international shipping I had the product in less than a week. These bar rails are EXACTLY what I was looking for and couldn’t find anywhere else in Canada.

Thanks again!

Scott S. – Calgary, AB, Canada

01/29/18

These bar rails are EXACTLY what I was looking for!

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 pre cut/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.

 

DanielCrown Point, IN