Building Curved Railing

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Project by bigpops0259 posted 10-02-2013 01:28 PM 3043 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an enjoyable project. the Client lived in house 12 years without a railing on stairs, Stating he couldn’t find anyone to make railing. was about 160 degree radius with 86” rise and 11’3” run of railing. As you can see took a lot of clamps and 25 hours to form, mill, stain, lacquer, and install. Was made or Red Oak with MinWax Jacobean stain. Thanks for looking

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 10-02-2013 01:32 PM

that looks like a fun challenge. Nice job.

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 01:36 PM

Very nice work Marty.

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 01:39 PM

Looks good Marty! Lotta space between balusters. . . probably wouldn’t fly in CA when inspected Three balusters per tread would most likely pass, but then there wouldn’t be the light and airy feeling you’v e given this. Thanks for sharing. Stephen

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 02:14 PM

Awesome job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 03:47 PM

Well done…..

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

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 04:02 PM

Looks great!

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#7 posted 10-02-2013 04:59 PM

Very impressive. Well done and thank you for sharing.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#8 posted 10-02-2013 06:52 PM

That’s great. That must have been a challenging project. Not many contractors could do what you did. Your projects are very impressive.

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#9 posted 10-02-2013 08:15 PM

WOW!! I am truly impressed. I have always wondered at the technique needed to make a curved hand rail… very awesome indeed!!!

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 06:21 AM

Very ingenious clamping! The railing looks terrific. With our power-hungry zoning department, we’d probably be jailed if we tried to occupy a residence without a railing! Our zoning requires no more than 4” between balusters.


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#11 posted 10-03-2013 06:02 PM


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#12 posted 10-03-2013 06:38 PM

11 years with no railing? Hope he never walked down the stairs when he was tipsy.

Nice work.

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#13 posted 10-03-2013 08:45 PM

Marty – Your curved railing is amazing work. Out of curiosity; did you get a little nervous somewhere along the way that the red oak might develop a crack due to the forced bending ? I am no where talented or gutsy enough to even think of attempting such a feat. – kudos -

-- Barry

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