Best Deck Railing

Mountain Laurel Handrail Installed on a Curved Deck!

Best Deck Railing

Best Deck Railing

This curved deck railing¬†project was a labor of love for the Wood Railing crew. The home’s beautifully curved deck and majestic log framing required the best deck railing available.

Awesome Railing

Awesome Railing

There are two curved sections which each required a special jig for bending the cedar 1×4 lumber and another jig for building the sections. The carpenters had to use a stool while working on the more strongly curved section on the workbench.

Incredible Curved Railing

Incredible Curved Railing

Each curve on the deck is just a piece of a much larger circle. Through careful coordination with the onsite contractor, the finished result is an incredible curved handrail!

Log Home Deck Railing

Log Home Deck Railing

Rubble Stone Wood Railing

Rubble Stone Wood Railing

Each curved portion of the deck had three sections of railing for a total of 24 bent 1x4s. ¬†The section with the more gentle curve has three inches of arc in six feet while the stronger circle has eleven inches of arc over seven feet. Cedar was chosen as the lumber for this project because it is weather resistant and also soft and (relatively) easy to bend. We’ve done some projects in ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, and oak and it would be impossible to get this kind of curvature out of a hardwood. I don’t even think that we would have gotten similar results with a softwood like spruce or pine.

Log Home Porch Railing

Log Home Porch Railing

The front porch of the home also has Mountain Laurel Handrails installed. Contact today for more info!

Log Home Wood Railing

Log Home Wood Railing

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Updated on December 29, 2013 by jimmypader

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5 Responses to Best Deck Railing

  1. Sandy Skeens says:

    My house is between a beigh an cream color siding an red shutter’s so what ever color wood u think would look best for the rail’s just give me a price an a picture of the wood u would pick for my house deck please. Thank u I sent another comment earlier with the measurement’s.

  2. david says:

    I am working with a customer who currently has a laurel rail system and it looks good. What ever they put on it to preserve it was not a good application for our weather. The house is on Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta. The customer wants to go back with a laurel handrail but is concerned about preserving it. The handrail inside is in great condition. All the handrail outside is not. All the handrail was done at the same time.

    • wood railing says:

      Hi David
      Thanks for inquiring about Mountain Laurel Handrails!

      I generally recommend against using any kind of poly or varnish on the sticks outside. The finish will always start to weather well before the sticks. First it yellows then it starts to flake and peel. You might try cleaning the existing sticks with a wire brush to remove the finish but that could get real tedious real quick depending on how much you have to do.

  3. Gary Stroh says:

    I’m doing a project in Haiti and would appreciate any more pictures and details you have about bending your curved sections of cedar. Did you soak the wood first? What sort of jig did you build. I have some curved arches and my cedar 1 x 4 keeps splitting on the outside of the bend. I’m also having trouble getting the curve to stay symmetrical. Of course, working in Haiti I don’t have the proper equipment so we’re sort of winging it. Any helpful suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks, Gary