Cedar log handrails

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Project by cedarcanoeman posted 12-08-2009 12:22 AM 3870 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are new log hand rails i built over the last couple of months. My wife and I went up to Stockton,Mo. and harvested the cedar from downed trees. We have always loved log cabins and wanted to add atouch of the outdoors inside. I power washed the bark off with a swivel tip and cleaned up the logs with various tools. We then took the logs into the garage to dry. From there i used a delta drill press to bore angled holes and a 2” self pull bit in a 1/2 in. drill to bore straight holes. All of the tenons where cut and shaped with an old draw knife. From there I ground, sanded, put on sanding sealer and 2 coats of laquer. The stairs themselves i built out of anothony power beams that are 3 1/8th in. by 12 in. beams, very beafy looking.

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 01:09 AM

It makes it feel…. hmmm . like living in a tree house!!
Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 03:46 AM

That looks great!

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 04:14 AM

Nice looking work. I would have never thought to use a power washer.

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 04:18 AM

What great looking hand rails.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 03:24 PM

Those stairs must be a huge visual draw when entering the room. Really nice looking.
But I’ll tell you, looks a little hairy without a corner post.
Nice work.

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 03:28 PM

Very rustic looking, very nice

I always leave the bark on for drying them out….......seems to eliminate the checking and cracking.

Having used a draw knife to do the same joinery, a client bought me the Lee Valley set of tapered drill bits….....what took an hour by hand was done in seconds.

very nice looking stairs

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 07:01 PM

I love it. Lot’s of work but the price of materials is right, sweat equity. Great job. BTKS

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

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 07:03 PM

These stairs look great man! Enjoy them

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 08:40 PM

Looks great!!! Good Job!

-- Joshua Warren {Also know as- Porkchop}

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#10 posted 12-08-2009 09:59 PM

Roman: If i could have afforded the tenon cutters i sure would of had them. I need to find a client with those cutters and borrow them for the next projects. The bark was left on for about 2years and the bugs got under the bark and left some real nice trails that added alot of detail.
Thanks for looking and thanks for comments

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#11 posted 12-09-2009 08:16 AM

Great looking, I love your work!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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