Handrail Transition

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Project by miles125 posted 12-14-2007 06:22 AM 2595 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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#2 posted 12-14-2007 06:49 AM

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 12-14-2007 06:50 AM

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 12-14-2007 11:32 AM

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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#5 posted 12-14-2007 11:40 AM

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 12-14-2007 11:52 AM

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 12-14-2007 12:53 PM

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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#8 posted 12-14-2007 02:56 PM

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 12-14-2007 03:19 PM

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 12-14-2007 04:40 PM

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 12-14-2007 04:40 PM

Excellent work.

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

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#12 posted 12-14-2007 05:11 PM

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 12-14-2007 10:42 PM

Beautiful job Miles.

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

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#14 posted 12-15-2007 01:06 AM

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 12-15-2007 12:25 PM

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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