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spaids

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06-09-2009 04:08 PM

I could never remember which parts were the rails and which were the styles. This is going to seem very silly but it works for me and it might work for you so here we go.

The word “styles” has an “s” on the left and the right side of the word. So does the word “sides”. I remember rails and styles by thinking that sides and styles both start and end with the letter “s” while “rails” doesn’t have the two “s” and neither do the the words “top” or “bottom”.

So (s)tyle(s) are the (s)ide(s)

So from one newbie to another, I hope this helps. Us ronin wood workers gotta stick together.

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Russel

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 04:13 PM

An interesting observation. I’ll this tidbit to the thumb/finger router direction tip.

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 04:17 PM

Styles or stiles, Spaids?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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spaids

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#3 posted 06-09-2009 04:20 PM

HA! Thats funny! I spelled that wrong OVER and OVER again. HA HA. Hey I said I was a newbie didn’t I? HA HA!

Well I corrected the topic but I’m going to leave the rest of the misspelled “styles” as punishment to myself.

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JJohnston

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#4 posted 06-09-2009 04:33 PM

HandRAILS and railroad RAILS run horizontally (mostly).

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Tim Pursell

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#5 posted 06-09-2009 04:36 PM

Railroad rails is how I remember—-Dad was a switchman.

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Kjuly

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#6 posted 06-09-2009 06:26 PM

Fence rails run horizontally is how I remember.
Keith

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CharlesNeil

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#7 posted 06-09-2009 06:26 PM

top, bottom and sides…i will mess it up, always do…even when filming with it wrote down….but you got a good way to remember….

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spaids

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#8 posted 06-09-2009 06:38 PM

holly cow! If you can’t remember Charles then the newbies like me don’t stand a chance.

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#9 posted 06-09-2009 06:39 PM

I don’t know where I heard this but I didn’t make it up myself. “Stiles” sounds and is spelled sort of like “stilts” and of course stilts are used vertically (unless I’m using them because I fall down a lot.)

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#10 posted 06-09-2009 07:08 PM

hand railings are horizontal,
so are rails
that easy

stiles and stilts just like dale says.

easy as pie from now on

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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tooldad

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#11 posted 06-09-2009 07:20 PM

this is being relayed as it comes from the mind of a 17 year old boy. Stiles and stripper pole both start with ST and a stripper pole goes up and down Take it as you want. I told him it was a little off the wall, but no one in his class got them mixed up on the final exam, go figure!

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tooldad

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#12 posted 06-09-2009 07:23 PM

by the way, I do teach the method that rails are horizontal and refer to hand rails. I will also start using the railroad rails example. Just to clear my name at least, lol!

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spaids

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#13 posted 06-09-2009 07:31 PM

The handrail example makes since to me but I don’t understand the railroad rails. Who says the go horizontal? If you on the train then the rails go vertical.

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JJohnston

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#14 posted 06-09-2009 10:35 PM

Well, I can’t recall ever seeing a train go up a wall…. ;-)

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 06-09-2009 10:44 PM

I find that a Google search is a great way to get the right answer.

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

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