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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 02-23-2013 08:14 PM 1827 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m fairly new to LJ’s so I’m posting some the things I’ve done in the recent past to share with ya’ll. This is the Arts and Crafts inspired bannister I made for my house last year. I’ve included a couple of shots of the installation, even one of the hideous original.

I don’t have any pics of the milling/finishing process but it was pretty straight forward. The balusters are just 2×2 white oak with the qtr sawn grain facing out. The lower and upper rail are laminated 4/4 stock, done in such a way to have the qtr sawn grain faces all sides. Also the laminations leave a groove or plow for the balusters.

The box newel post post is mitred on the corners to, once again, show off the qtr sawn grain. It has a poplar core that extends into the subfloor. I actually cut through the subfloor to lag bolt it into a joist. No toenailing like the last job. It’s solid now. The rail is actually bolted (hanger bolts)on each end, but this is hidden by the baluster spacers on the underside.

Maybe it will encourage some of ya’ll to upgrade. It wasn’t that tough of a project. Prefinishing worked well (Walnut danish oil and satin poly). Think I’ve got about $150 in the whole thing.

Questions, comments always welcome. Peace out, Red

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman





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#1 posted 02-23-2013 08:27 PM

Looking good.

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 10:59 PM

my 2nd story landing has … a drywall pony wall.
i like your project as this is something i’ll eventually do. tear the existing out and follow your example.

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 01:22 AM

Holbs, there’s a pic that shows the 1/2 wall by our dining room in the background. That used to be a full wall with just a doorway. One day my wife went to the grocery, I got out the sawsall, and she came home to a 1/2 wall…hehe.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 01:58 AM

i’m curious. since this “structure” is for safety, did this require a permit?

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 05:53 AM

Very nice looking railing. Looks sturdy too!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 01:03 PM

No permit required where I live (which is out of city limits). Like when building a deck, one needs to consider small children when spacing the balusters. I believe most codes are 4”, like our old one. But our kids have gotten stuck in that, so I went even closer with these (about 3.5”

Btw, I made sure the other wall I cut out wasn’t load-bearing first ;-)

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 02:58 PM

Great and beautiful project! Like the design, joinery, wood and the finish. The new balusters really made the house look good.

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 02:49 AM

Nice. Did you make the Morris chair in the background as well?

Sean

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 02:48 AM

Ya, I’ve pretty much furnished our house other than the leather couches. It’s been fun. Been fitting commissions in between to pay for our stuff.
Think I’m gonna break away from arts and crafts on our new bedroom set this year. Maybe shaker. I have some pics of the morris chair buiid. I can post some if ya want.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 11:40 PM

That is a great project. The before and after on that is dramatic. It makes the entire house around it look substantially nicer. I like how you ended it into the wall.

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