|Project by BigRedKnothead||posted 02-23-2013 08:14 PM||3349 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
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
-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer