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Rails and Balusters for my Daughter's house

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 726 days ago 1149 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter has this huge 3 story house that needs of lots of work. I found one of the balusters on the front stairs broken out from rotting clear through and told her I would make a new one. When I went to take some serious dimensions, there were 5 more that really should be replaced because they were close to falling apart.
I bought some white maple and turned the 6 balusters and then noticed that the rails I would be putting them into were also in need of replacement and the other 6 balusters from that side all had bad bottoms .

In short I made 6 new balusters, repaired 6 of them with new bottoms and made 4 top and 4 bottom rails. The rails were a real trip! They had compound angles but I did not take a picture of the set up I used on my cheap B&D miter saw to hit those angles.
The only pics I have are of the completed railing, the primed parts, the setup for spotting the dowel when you are putting it in at an angle and the fixture I made for drilling all the dowel holes in the bottoms of the balusters.

I did a section at a time . I made a board with a rail on it and it had 2 short 2×4’s clamped on each end .I would test cut the compound angle on one of the 2×4’s until it fit and aligned to the spot on the next post. Then I cut that exact angle on the lower rail. Then I would start test cutting the other compound angle on the other 2×4 until I got it to fit just right. I measured that total length and transferred it to the bottom rail and cut the exact angle on it and they fit real nice. I used that all the way around on top and bottom.

I had a marking gauge for the spaces and a drill fixture to put the 3/4” holes in the bottom rails to accept the dowels in the bottom of the balusters. The tops were fastened with 2 Kreg pocket screws each.

The worst part for me was the painting. I hate to paint!! They had 4 colors on each one of them. I put a screw in each end and the mounted them on V blocks made from scrap to be able to turn them and paint the rings in 2 different colors. Only for my daughter would I do this!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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SPalm

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#1 posted 725 days ago

Very cool. That is a different entry step situation.

Ah, our children and their homes. I have one with a sink falling off of the wall, one with a storm door falling apart, and one with so much work it makes my head spin. The forth one is renting – bless his heart.

I admire your work on all that was required on this one,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 725 days ago

Yes , Steve, they leave home but there are always ties!! I do like the challenge of doing something I’ve never done before and I do get a lot of it!!
This house has a 12/12 pitch and the chimney needs a cap on it but I’m not going up there!!
............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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jack1

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#3 posted 725 days ago

Nice job. You could start a whole new career with this… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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rance

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#4 posted 725 days ago

That seems to be the way repairs go. That’s why I don’t like to do repairs. Same thing with furniture repair. Very deceptive as to what is REALLY needed.

On a project like this, I make the recipient do the painting. It gives them something to do, and I TOO hate painting.

Nice job btw. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 725 days ago

Hi Rance. She is painting the rest of the parts on the staircase. I just did the parts I made…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 725 days ago

Lot of work Jim but well worth the effort. Seems nothing is simple in renovating.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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sedcokid

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#7 posted 725 days ago

Jim,
Ah yes children, I have replumbed, repainted, rewired and helped with additions. But you know what I wouldn’t take anything for having helped them. There are four and now a granddaughter that has a home, i made her new wood work and a couple of oak thresholds. it is truly a joy to do so. I commend you my friend for helping her. As for your balusters and rails they look great, from the looks of it you must have a duplicator for your lathe or you are really good with a story stick.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Roger

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#8 posted 725 days ago

Way kool Jim. Looks very whimsical.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 725 days ago

Nice job Jim.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 725 days ago

Thanks, Chuck. you know I do have a lathe duplicator but I have never used it. I laid out each one of these and cut them to dimensions each time. I figured it was only 6!
Roger, I should have showed the whole house. it is all in 4 colors, Here, I have one! there is more color in the back. I re made a rotted door frame back there when the glass dropped down. It turned out pretty good.- another challenge!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#11 posted 725 days ago

Really beautiful Jim. My wife wanted to buy a house of this nature, but, while we looked, we never found. We are happy where we are tho.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 724 days ago

Jim,

Beautiful… Just plain Beautiful…
Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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harry1

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#13 posted 722 days ago

How I wish that I could turn TWO identical items let alone SIX! You certainly keep yourself busy Jim.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 716 days ago

Nice rails and home.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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mafe

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#15 posted 708 days ago

What a wonderful house.
What a wonderful staircase.
But most of all what a wonderful dad.
Jim you are something special.
As always interesting and inovative.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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