200 lbs sitting on that top rail

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 08-30-2012 02:26 AM 2289 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a railing around a porch here in Pittsburgh. Nothing special. Typical stuff. Pressure treated lumber and deck screws. A fun project, though. There was nothing worth saving of the orginal railing. Customer liked it. I got paid (always a bonus on top of the enjoyment of making something with wood).

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 02:58 AM

Nice project!

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 03:03 AM

People paying (a fair price) for good woodwork ? Now there’s an idea !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 03:31 AM

Good job Mike.
Looks great.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 09:40 AM

Well done, looks great, getting paid it a good thing!

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

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 01:00 PM

Come on Mike…......your 185 soaking wet at most!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 01:59 PM

I had a box of nails in my pocket.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 08:39 PM

great looking railings

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 08-30-2012 09:32 PM

Nice work, Mike. Way to keep the Steel City looking good, one small piece at a time.


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#9 posted 08-31-2012 12:34 PM

Looks solid. Nice work!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 02:37 AM

It is nice to do a project for a customer that pay s you at the end of a job, some of them here in Michigan want
some thing done but they have a hard time coming up with the money to get started, some think you would have enough to get it started and complete. That’s not my reason for money down, I want to know they even have money.


-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 03:20 AM

How did you hold up the fence? Did you use wedge anchors or epoxy all-threads into the bricks? Looks nice BTW.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 11:32 AM

Wedge anchors would have worked, or lag screws and zinc anchors, but I actually used Tapcons here. When I’m repairing or replacing something, I occasionally find plastic anchors that have pulled out of the wall. I’ll use them to hang something light on an interior plaster wall in an old house, but I don’t use them for anything a person may need to hold onto.

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. My home improvement projects don’t really compare to the works of art I see on this web site, but most of them at least use wood.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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