Wisconsin Banister

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Project by Ellen posted 2186 days ago 3473 views 9 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone did a search for craftsman banister and Google delivered this new client to me. Thanks Lumberjocks! Here is a new version of the other one of my banisers that I created especially for the new client.

The quarter-sewn oak was especially tough to sand out! This is very hard wood. The final result was very satisfying. The biggest issue was that this mostly had to be hand sanded, starting at 60 grit. Some spots took hours of hand sanding for just an inch square area!

The overall size of this is 13×13 x 1.5 inches.

Hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think, of course. The client requested that I not put a finish or stain on it, as her carpenter will do that, when it is installed. When I get photos, I’ll share those.


-- Ellen --

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Martin Sojka

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#1 posted 2186 days ago

Beautiful details, Ellen! And I’m glad LJ helped to deliver new client to you.

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#2 posted 2186 days ago

Woo hoo LumberJocks! :)

And the banister is stunning. The sanding might have been a pain but it must have also been so rewarding as you uncovered this piece of art!


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#3 posted 2186 days ago

very nice work, i love it. go lumberjocks.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 2186 days ago

More of the sinuous, wonderful shapes you create. I often feel trapped by the rectilinear… you certain show the way. Excellent as always.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 2186 days ago

Ellen I look forward to every new thing you post, you are very talented.


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#6 posted 2186 days ago

Absolutely stunning project Ellen! But its sad that your client would want someone other than the artist (you) to finish it…which means she’ll probably have it painted! Don’t it figure?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 2186 days ago

Beautiful work Ellen. Always a pleasure to see the form and lines of your pieces.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 2186 days ago

Ellen: A great project. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 2186 days ago

Fantastic work! I admire your determination to complete a project like this.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 2186 days ago

Beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 2186 days ago

That is a stunning design with flawless execution. I really like the movement your design allows for the eye. Thank you for sharing Ellen.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 2186 days ago

I know that my client only wants to make sure this will match the stain used on the balance of the banister.

Thanks so much for all the feedback!

-- Ellen --

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#13 posted 2186 days ago

That’s beautiful. LumberJocks is fantastic because not only did you get a client, but I got to see some wonderful art. Fantastic.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 2186 days ago

Hopefully there will be more than just stain applied to it…I think that I would have to be there after the “expert” left to check it out in person : ) Nothing worse than a poor finish to ruin an otherwise beautiful project like this one. You’ve done a Great job indeed : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 2186 days ago

I really respect folks that push through the pain to create the vision in their minds.
Yours here, is one of those special pieces.

Keep up the spirit.
Those with this talent should raise the bar!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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