If you are building a home bar or considering building one, then you need to consider the types of wood and finishes you are going to need. One great wood to use is oak and specifically, an oak bar rail is a great finishing feature that will compliment any design. The advantages of choosing an oak bar rail are plentiful both from the standpoint of form and function.
If you choose to select an oak bar rail you will have a variety of oak woods to choose from. Each different type of oak wood has its own unique and distinctive characteristics such as the grain and texture. These beautiful characteristics can be found in either the white or red oak species. Both white and red oaks are composed of complex patterns and markings that distinguish it from other woods like cherry or maple. This individuality creates a personality and character that is hard to find in other types of woods. Specifically, the prominent rings, vertical stripes, wavy figures and distinct flecks are what create that personality that projects an unmistakable attention to detail. Finally, another great benefit to choosing an oak bar rail is that oak accepts stains and finishes extremely well. If applied correctly the stains can highlight all the unique features of the wood to really emphasize the bar rail as a detailing feature.
Another benefit of choosing oak as your wood of choice for an oak bar rail is the durability that the wood provides. This durability can be seen in the multitude of applications where oak is used. Oak is often times the wood of choice for constructing supporting beams, cabinetry and shipbuilding. Its tough and flexible characteristics make it the wood of choice for those applications. If oak can support a large structure such as house or boat than your oak bar rail will be able to take any abuse you might dull out. Also, because oak is used in shipbuilding it makes the wood a great choice for an application where the wood might encounter moisture. Oak is extremely water resistant making it great for your home bar.
Finally, another great feature of oak is that this type of wood is environmentally friendly. Unlike other types of wood, such as cherry, walnut, teak or cedar, oak comes from sustainable resources. Oak can be farmed and massed produced in a manner that doesn’t’ deplete valuable natural resources and damage the environment. Also, oak is a very cost effective choice. This is a result of the relatively inexpensive processes that are required to farm this type of wood. Because the wood is a hardwood it does not need to be chemically treated and reprocessed. This is both beneficial for the environment and the end consumer because the cost can be maintained at a fairly low rate. An oak bar rail is great choice for any bar.