Handrail Transition

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Project by miles125 posted 2315 days ago 1728 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Walnut stair handrail transition i made for a fellow woodworker at his wits end. I spent a bulk of my time making sure what i was gonna make would fit…... but hey….theres only like a few steps to any woodworking project…You can saw it, plane it, shape it, and sand it…thats about it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 2315 days ago


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#2 posted 2315 days ago

Often times the only thing holding me back from finishing, is starting. Also that last picture is wonderful, hand made, that one should be the background for your computer screen, a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#3 posted 2315 days ago

Very cool. How did you shape it? Is it all by hand?

But there is really only three steps to any woodworking project: Cut it, Join it, Finish it :)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 2314 days ago

Well done Miles. I’m working up the nerve right now to tear out the wrought iron rails on my steps (leading up from the living room) and replacing them with a wooden banister and spindles.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2314 days ago

Yeah, Miles. There’s only three steps in carving statutes, too. Quarry the stone, carve it and polish it.
Pretty cool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 2314 days ago

and childraising: birth them ; raise them; let them go..

A nice helping hand and a gorgeous creation. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 2314 days ago

Nice work miles. I’ve heard that sculpting is simply removing those parts you don’t want. Obviously, you know what you want.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 2314 days ago

Ye sir, that’s what we’re all about! Just get’er done, how don’t matter, make it work. Good one Miles.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 2314 days ago

Or like they say, just remove everything that doesn’t look like a handrail transistion.
Once again, very nice work.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 2314 days ago

I thought it was only only one step… take a block of wood and cut away everything that doesn’t look like a handrail transition. :-)

That’s beautiful work, Miles.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 2314 days ago

Excellent work.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 2314 days ago

two steps for me . call the lumber yard and order a trasition ! you did a fine job on that miles

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#13 posted 2314 days ago

Beautiful job Miles.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 2314 days ago

Why didn’t you just buy it at the wood store. Nooo you had to show off and make it out of Walnut. Nice job.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#15 posted 2313 days ago

Thanks again for the nice compliments guys. I actually took a lot more pictures of this rail in stages. When i get the time i’ll make an attempt to blog the project and give a clearer idea of how i went about it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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