Wood Railing had the pleasure of going to Alabama recently to install a grand interior stair railing on a lake home. This home is newly remodeled with a completely new interior with reclaimed beams and flooring and custom woodwork throughout. Mountain Laurel Handrails were selected by the Walker Design Studio as the perfect match for the interior stairs and balconies!
If you missed the first post of the finished, but not yet installed, custom designed and built wavy stair banister, then you’re in for a real treat today since I have the pictures of the installed piece. It came out AWESOME! There’s no doubt that this is a one-of-a-kind, work-of-art that was a real collaboration between the homeowner’s vision and the master woodworkers in the Wood Railing workshop.
One of the most frequent questions I get is regarding paint or stain on the dimensional lumber. Along with the many different railing designs, there is a greater number of stain options. Mountain Laurel Handrails are typically built with a red cedar railing 2×4 top and bottom to which the sticks and branches are fastened. These 2x4s are also usually painted or stained to match the deck or balcony posts and other lumber. To help with a color selection, I’ve selected some common and not so common stain colors so that you can see what the wood looks like once it is stained. In the image below, I’ve stained a white pine 2×4 and a red cedar 2×4, both sanded with 80 grit paper, with 9 different stain colors.
This is one of the newest creations to come out of the Wood Railing workshop. This is truly one awesome rustic railing section. The top rail is a round mountain laurel stick that is about four inches in diameter at the base and tapers to about two inches at the top. This section is for a stair way so the top is a laurel banister that is going to add an awesome touch to this already lovingly decorated and designed home!
There’s another triangular section that completes the top of the stair case along with this section and a short section built by the homeowner at the foot of the stairs. There are also two other sections going in a different part of the house. Those two sections were made with the 2×4 boards horizontal instead of the typical vertical. The horizontal 2×4 design is NOT recommend for exterior use because the assembly will pool water at the ends of the stick instead of allowing extra moisture to drain and dry.
The latest work of art to come out of the Wood Railing workshop is a custom made and designed wavy stair banister. This banister emerged from the client’s ideas and will grace the staircase of her newly remodeled home. The wavy shape is meant to mimic the rise and run of the stairs. Close work between the homeowner, on-site contractor and Wood Railing workshop was required to ensure a good fit upon arrival.
Banisters are important on stair cases as a handhold for stability to prevent falls. This banister is cut from a single piece of lumber. The rough shape was made with two different-sided circular saws and a belt sander. The banister was reinforced with drilled, countersunk and plugged 4″ screws for extra strength. The finish was worked with an orbital sander to 220 grit and the homeowner will finish the piece on site. The shape is a 2″ diameter which was required by local building code for graspability requirements.
The Wood Railing workshop is available for custom stair banister work in addition to Mountain Laurel Handrails.
Hopefully, you got to see the episode of Man Caves featuring Mountain Laurel Handrails. It was great to see it all come together in 24 minutes! In reality, there was so much work that went into that project to make it all appear so seamless. Like any other construction project there were some stumbles along the way but all in all the Man Caves crew and the production team, along with all of the independent contractors, like yours truly, came together to take this exterior Man Cave to the next level. A big thanks to the show’s designer for finding A Wood Railing and inviting us to be a part!!! We’re looking forward to the next one.
Wood Railing will appear on tomorrow’s episode of Man Caves on the DIY Network. On March 23, 2012 at 9PM, you can watch as Mountain Laurel Handrails are installed on the first exterior Man Cave in suburban New Jersey. The homeowner needed a retreat and was looking for a theme that echoed his South African heritage. Mountain Laurel Handrails artistic rustic appeal made them a perfect fit for this episode. Watch as the Wood Railing team gets to work with the Man Caves crew and gets help from Tony on the installation.
We had a great time working with the Man Caves crew and being involved in a TV project. So be sure to check it out Friday, March 23 at 9PM on the DIY Network!