The homeowners in this Edgewater Glen four-square Victorian were expecting their first child and wanted a little more security going up and down the stairs of their three story home. I cut on-site the stock needed to make two oak handrails for separate staircases and then finished them in the shop. I work on several handrail projects most years. What made this one especially interesting was the newel post and balustrade leading to the third floor. Formerly an attic, the stairs leading to the third floor master bedroom were a tight wrap around making it difficult to move large mattresses and furniture up. The previous post and railing had been removed to facilitate that. I designed a newel post and railing that were build as one solid unit fitted to drop into the space as a custom fit. There were three large lag bolts securing it under the base molding of the newel post. The front surface of the base molding can be removed for access to those. Several sets of screws held the rails and base structure in place. The whole railing and post can now be easily removed and installed for future furniture moves. All were built in the shop, fitted on site, finished back in the shop and then installed. All the oak was stained to match the existing floors. (CLICK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PHOTOS TO SCROLL THROUGH MULTIPLE VIEWS).
Red Oak Handrails and Newel Post
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