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Tuesday
Nov112008

Rustic Railings of Found Aromatic Red Cedar and Vines

We love being able to do new things, so when the customer told us she needed railings for her patio we jumped at the chance.

The newels and main railings are of aromatic red cedar found in the woods around the house. Care was taken to find just the right curves and sizes. We spent a weekend walking the property with marking tape and a chainsaw picking out likely candidates. With a pile of what looked like the start of a good bonfire we began selecting our posts. The posts are set on 2” galvanized pipe core drilled into the sub stair. They were later embedded in 8” of concrete and stone. We got to use some cool tenon cutters and our 1/2” hole hog drill to do the joinery and added a wedge just for fun. The vine work was grape and Osage orange. It was wired and nailed with hand cut clinch nails to the structure. No finish required.