Things You Need to Build a Bar (Besides Hardwoods Inc.’s Bar Rails!)

Building your first bar can seem like a daunting task. You’ve got all the planning, measuring, cutting, and installing, and you don’t want to forget anything!

We’ve gathered a list of the things you’ll need to build a bar – besides our high-quality hardwood bar rails!

Bar Parts

To build a bar, you’re going to need some basic bar parts:

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Bar Top: You’ll need a top for your bar, where guests can rest their drinks. This can either be tongue and groove, like one of our quick ship hardwood bar top kits, or a live edge solid wood bar top to give your bar that rustic, natural feel.

Bar Wall: This is the solid wood piece that connects the bar top to the ground. You have lots of options for your bar wall, including one solid piece, or something built out of cabinetry for extra under-bar storage.

Chicago bar rail

Bar Rail: Create a comfortable spot for your guests to rest their arms with a gorgeous hardwood bar rail in your choice of finish. No bar is complete without one!

Foot Rail: Let your guests rest their feet after a long day on a foot rail made of wood or metal.

Basic Tools

Keep all of these on hand for quick access as you’re building your bar:

bar trim molding

Tape Measure: The old adage to “measure twice, cut once” is important in bar-building, too. You’ll need a tape measure from the beginning stages of planning all the way through to the finishing touches, so keep track of it!

Pencil & Paper: From taking measurements to sketching out your plans, you’ll need a pencil and paper through the whole project.

Circular Saw: A handheld circular saw with a nice, sharp blade will be needed to cut through any wood pieces of your bar.

Sandpaper: Quality sandpaper in a variety of grains will help you get those smooth edges on all your wood pieces to keep your guests from getting splinters.

Wood Glue, Nails, & Screws: These are essential to holding together the various parts of your bar.

T-Square: Necessary to get straight corners on large solid pieces, you won’t want to be without one!

Motorized Miter Box: Use this to cut and fit bar rails and other moldings.

Extras

bar front fluted columns

Fluted Columns & Trim: Add a great decorative element and polished, professional look with columns or trim on your bar front.

drip edge

Drip Edge: Keep spills and crumbs from falling on the floor with a drip edge to match your bar rail and bar top.

glass rail

Glass Rail: Play professional bartender and line up glasses ready for drinks on a glass rail, attached to the back edge of the bar top.

All Your Bar Building Parts under One Roof!

At Hardwoods Inc., we pride ourselves on our high-quality, American-made bar rails, bar top kits, and other bar parts. We use only the best wood we can find, and everything’s made in our shop in central Maryland. Call today to get your bar project started!

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I don’t normally do reviews, but have to say, you deserve this one and I would have felt guilty not doing so. I also appreciate the opportunity to show off our finished project. 😉

Like many of us during recent times, we were stuck at home. We are a family of four that typically is doing something and staying busy. We needed a project to keep that going and honestly to find more purpose each day above work / school or watching negative news on TV.

My son (16) is taking a construction class at his high school. He needed to do a at home project. Well, since mom and dad’s Friday night “date nights” were on hold, we jokingly said, “let’s make our own pub!” As we were searching for bar designs we came across one on your site. It was perfect! Off we began building. It was coming along so well, that we needed to make sure the finish work was professional grade, NOT amateur grade. That’s where your company came in. The wood, the cuts, shipping packaging and even delivery time was absolutely flawless. I often say that things are not done with the same level of craftsmanship as they use to be, but you gave me hope that it still exists. Thank you for what you do and the level of professionalism you do it with. Enjoy the pictures of what you all helped us create. (Please feel free to pull from this any part(s) that you see fit for your site, as I would be delighted to share more broadly in an effort to promote your business)

Best,

Shane D. – Simsbury, Connecticut

05/27/2020

Paul,

At long last – literally months – I’ve been able to finish our bar.  I’ve posted a couple of pics to the Hardwoods Facebook page but also wanted to email you with my most sincere thanks.

It was a much bigger job than I’d anticipated, but it turned out better than I’d ever imagined.  I attribute much of that to your responsiveness, patience and expertise.

Thanks again and I hope to work with you again in the future.

BrianJuly 15, 2015Glen Carbon, IL