Staircase rail and newel post

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Project by PGreene posted 06-27-2009 03:04 PM 16202 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this commission a while back. I had to build a newel post, rail and ballausters to match the existing ones on the second floor. This is an old house, so they also wanted it to look like it belonged. The last two pictures are the originals at the top of the stairs. Apparently there was a newel and rail long ago, but in a remodel they were removed. The bottom four stairs had no rail at all and their child was jumping from the top. I made the newel and ballausters from poplar and the cap and rail from pine to match the others. The tricky part was making new pine look like the aged color, but I think it came out to a perfect match (minus the scratches and dings). The most challenging part was fitting the rail because nothing in an old house is square.

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 06-27-2009 04:07 PM

Hey PGreene,
Nice neat job….well done…..colours look good too.

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#2 posted 06-27-2009 05:07 PM

Looks good. Your camera work can use some improvement though. You should try using the macro function when taking up close pictures.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 06-27-2009 05:14 PM

I helped completely remodel a 3rd floor in an old house, so, I know what you mean by nothing being square in old houses. The room was not just off because of it’s age, and settling, it was off in some places by 6 inches in 10 feet (it was a night mare, let me tell you) Some places I had to patch plaster 3 inches deep to fill in a wall, it was that bad. It wouldn’t have been easier to tear it out becaue it was concrete walls, L&P. It looks great now.

Great job on the stair railing !!!

-- OsageWare

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 12:24 AM

Great details and matching work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 02:03 AM

Nice job! I’m sure the home owners are pleased with it, well maybe not the kids! 8^)

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 05:23 AM

Well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-30-2009 04:00 PM

Nice match job. I’ve done alot of stair jobs, new construction and remods and nothing is square! Ya gatta love the dual bevel MS.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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