22. What is a spoil board and what size spoil board do I need?

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A spoil board is a piece of wood used under the bar rail molding to help hold it in place when cutting or mitering as shown on the bar rail installation video. Each of our bar rail moldings require a different size spoil board size as listed on the chart below. Safety first, always wear eye protection and use clamps or fixtures to hold the molding securely in place when cutting. Unsure? Contact us before you cut.

H dimension sets vertical against the miter box fence D = Depth

BR158 – H = 1-5/8” x D = 1”
BR350 – H = 1-5/8” x D = 2-1/8”
BR450 – H = ¾” x D = 1-3/4”
BR475 – H = 1-7/8” x D = 1”
BR475-3CM – H = 2-3/8” x D = 1”
BR475-S – H = 1-7/8” x D = 1” * NOTE: The BR475-S bar rail molding ships in two pieces unassembled, the bar rail portion is to be cut and installed first and the apron last.
BR550 – H = 1-7/8” x D – 1-1/4”
BR650 – H = 2-1/8” x D – 1-1/4”


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Just wanted to say thanks for all your help through this process. The bar is all built and I will send pictures of it once it’s installed in the house. Thanks again!

Matt G. – Atlanta, Georgia


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