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Black Walnut Hand Railing


This was a challenge. Two staircases, four floors  (8 runs) of railings. The contractor called us less than a month before the customer was due to move in. The rail had to encase a 1/2" x 1" bronze channel that was supposed to be done before we got there. It wasn't. The iron guy was new at it and we made him redo about 80% of it due to uneven curves or it being out of level.   If the ironwork isn't level the railing profile will be distorted.

There are no easements or newel posts so the railing had to be continuous from top to bottom. The joints were to be smooth. The idea was to be able to put your hand on the railing at the top and never let go until you get to the bottom, while never feeling joints on the way down. All of the joints were done with  5/16" rail bolts. We had a bandsaw, several routers, router jigs, custom router bits and lots of hand tools on site. We worked for about 21 days to finish on time. These pictures are with the railing having only one sealer coat. If you've seen our post about making curved handrailing you'll know that Mike spent many days just fitting the blanks onto the bronze channel before we were able to do any shaping.