Exterior Railing

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Project by JCWoodworks posted 272 days ago 1245 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second floor Railing, out of PVC 2×2s with Stainless rods within, and Tigerwood.
Near shore so nautical arts and crafts design worked.

PVC works great near the salt air but best of all, it does not have to be painted.

-- JCWoodworks

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#1 posted 272 days ago

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 271 days ago

This has exceptional design and details.
Crisp and clean and warm, it is very attractive work.

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#3 posted 271 days ago

real nice work there!

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#4 posted 271 days ago

Beautiful done! How did you fabricate the railing with s/s reinforcing rods? I’d love to do this for my front porch.

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#5 posted 271 days ago

UJB – regarding the stainless rod, I routed a 3/8 dado channels into the PVC 2×2s (Underneath), inserted the 3/8 stainless rod with a bit of 5 min epoxy, then ripped 3/8 strips of PVC and used pvc glue to cover the channels.

Then running the rod long it can drop right into a slot in the 4×4 posts to ensure a solid and invisible rail to post configuration.

When I need to do it again, the lesson for bringing simplicity is: just use table saw rip kerfs of 1/8 in same place and use 1/8×3/4 stainless flat bar, covering the channels again with 1/8 rips for the channel plugs, again dropping into posts. You could use aluminum 1/4” flat bar as a another option.
Hope this helps, the PVC work is still much more fun than painting exterior ballusters, and allows more focus on the wood parts.

-- JCWoodworks

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#6 posted 271 days ago

That is amazing! Looks great.

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#7 posted 269 days ago

Awesome projects! Very well designed and well crafted, makes the house attractive and interesting. Impressive work!

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