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Project by MichaelT77 posted 720 days ago 1921 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 720 days ago

Nice project!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 720 days ago

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 720 days ago

Good job Mike.
Looks great.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 720 days ago

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

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

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#5 posted 720 days ago

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 720 days ago

I had a box of nails in my pocket.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#7 posted 720 days ago

great looking railings

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 719 days ago

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

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#9 posted 719 days ago

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 718 days ago

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 718 days ago

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 718 days ago

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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