Using Bar Arm Rail Molding:
If you choose to use oak bar rail, known in the business as Chicago style arm rail, you’ll find it’s not so cheap. Costs run in the $15 to $30 per foot range. Yes, it’s a pricey item, but hardwood arm rail lasts forever, looks great and is a worthwhile investment. Once you complete you bar, you can start saving money over the local pub prices and that alone will help pay for both your bar stools and arm rail molding in no time.
Chicago style arm rail molding is available in 4, 6 and 8 foot sections in a variety of species including Red Oak, Hard Maple and Cherry. Here are some suppliers.
Rockler Bar Arm Rail:
Save more with less expensive wood species:
If you really want to save money, you can select from ash or poplar material. The ash & poplar can be stained in an oak or darker finish but will not have the strong grain pattern of actual oak. Poplar is best if you want a painted arm rail.
Amazon Bar Rail:
8 Foot Oak –
2 Foot Oak –
7 foot 4 inch OAK
Other sources of arm rail molding:
There are other sources of wood bar arm rail moldings.
For fancy radius corners, you can visit the Hardwoods Incorporated website.
For cheaper single level moldings check out the DeNoon Lumber website.
Make your own arm rail molding:
Feel like doing it yourself? We’ll show you how to make your own Chicago Style Arm Rail in the EMBP-06 project guide.
Build a Simple Wet Bar:
Building a simple wet bar is no mystery, so here’s a free simple basic wet bar design and plans that you can build using your new found arm rail molding.