Shop roof/deck rail

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Project by 502flier posted 07-28-2012 01:17 PM 1963 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My shop roof is flat, tarred and gravelled, and is a great place to sit with a coffee in the morning and watch the day unfold over the ocean. The original railing was deteriorating and the ivy was taking over, so it was time to do something. As you can see, some of the ivy has reached close to 4” in diameter and was into the soffitts and creeping into the shop.

I can buy bamboo locally, and have used it on some small projects, and thought it would make interesting spindles on the stair rails and deck rails. The bamboo is really tough and, although it’s not code (shhhhh…please don’t tell), I think it’s every bit as strong as wooden spindles and it cost about $30 for enough to do about 100’ of rail. The little angled piece on the left follows the fascia up the house roof a bit. It keeps Cleo (my ever-present canine shop companion and tool thief) from roaming on the house roof and possibly falling off.

The frame material is just fir 2×4 with solid deck stain. The bamboo preps really well with steel wool and a quick wipe with a rag dampened in tung oil will keep it a little fresher looking. Patience was definitely required to drill the 500+ holes in the frame rails for the bamboo (made a jig, of course, for the press drill). The bottom holes are through and through. I built a little jig for my pinner and pinned stainless nails 1/16” under the spindles to hold them in place. Rain water will then drain down through the hole and slow the rot process.

This rail only needs to be in place for 3 years until the house comes down, so longevity isn’t really an issue.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 03:16 PM

Great job, always fun to improve a great space. Nice view!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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