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Project by MoshupTrail posted 08-30-2011 03:35 AM 1033 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you have an open staircase a hand rail is required to meet building code. It needs to be 36” high and the spaces between the rungs need to be 3 inches or less (local code). I built this from red oak and poplar that was milled from trees that were cleared to make room for the wood shop (downstairs, this building). By using 1×2 poplar for the rungs I could space them 4.5 inches on center. The rails are connected to the newels with a tenon and mortise (see last picture). The rungs are inserted 1/4 inch into a channel on the base and on the underside of the rails so that once it’s all assembled glue is not required. Tiny spacers are glued lightly into the channel to keep the rungs spaced evenly. It’s solid as a rock! (Oh yes, it passed inspection)

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 04:47 AM

Beautiful addition to the space. Gorgeous actually.

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 04:53 AM

Site build is not the same as shop build, it is much harder, and you have more than made the grade on architectural fine furniture. Superb.

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