Railing Parts, Spindles and Balusters

Railing Parts

Railing Parts

If you’re looking for a beautiful, natural wood element to add to your home, look no further. While Mountain Laurel Handrails creates and sells rustic wooden handrails for your home, we also sell railing parts, spindles and balusters for you to use to do it yourself. Your personally made handrails will give your home an indelible mark of your own making.

Mountain Laurel Handrails are shipped nationwide in easy to install sections. You can build your own personal, custom railing system using mountain laurel branches for your railing parts. Mountain laurel is a great wood to use for a rustic branch handrail which can be installed either indoors or outdoors, or both!

The branches are sold in bundles of 10 sticks; each stick is 8′ long. Branches for handrail parts are typically between 0.5″ to 1.5″ in diameter. To make your spindles or balusters, you will need to cut these to appropriate length. You’ll need at least 12′ of stick per foot of railing. Price per bundle is $150 and shipping is additional.

Laurel Branch Material

Laurel Branch Material

With this size branch, you can create a very intricate, delicate design. These look very nice on a handrail both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, the thinner branches provide a softer look and feel. The thinner intricate branch designs are also nice outdoors because they pick up the shadows and sunlight in an interesting and fun way.

Even bigger than the thick branches, Mountain Laurel Handrails has available very thick logs that you can use to decorate your home. Larger diameter branches from 1.5″ to 3″ are available for when a thicker branch is desired in the weave of the rustic handrail or for staircase parts like a branch banister. Just like the thinner branches, the thicker ones work nicely both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, in a handrail, they create a stronger and more sturdy feel. They also have a place indoors, however, as bannisters for stairs or parts of furniture.

For posts, mountain laurel logs are an excellent choice to complete the balustrade. Logs are available in diameters up to about 7″ for use as newel posts or staircase parts. These logs fit very nicely in places that might usually be filled with plastic or metal parts, or even more polished wood. Rather than using unnatural materials, update your home in a unique way with Mountain Laurel’s logs. Newel posts are a great conversation piece and give you the feeling of nature in your home every day.

To learn more, about Mountain Laurel Handrails and available railing parts, fill out the contact form or leave a comment below.

Staircase Parts

Staircase Parts

Newel Post for Staircase Parts

Newel Post for Staircase Parts

This picture shows a large diameter mountain laurel log that can be used as a newel post for staircase parts. The base is approximately 7″ at the widest point and tapers to about 5″ at what will be the top of this particular railing part.

wood deck railing

Medium Diameter Newel Post

As seen in the picture above, mountain laurel material can be used as a custom newel post in deck railing systems. This picture shows a mountain laurel newel post that is 3″ to 4″ diameter. Fine woodworking skills are required to join the round branch railing material to the standard square lumber.

 

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18 Responses to Railing Parts – Laurel Material for Branch Handrails

  1. Dan Newman says:

    Building porch railings. I’m interested in buying some railing twigs. How are they priced? I’ll pick up.

  2. robin says:

    Where do you get your mountain laurel for handrails

  3. Thomas says:

    My friend has 2 landings of staircase bnnisters that he wants to take out the pickets and repalce with laurel- it will be 4-10ft sections plus 2 -3 ft sections at landings- How do we figure the price per section ? Also how much is the bundles of l0 -8ft lengths selling forand cost for shipping? Where are you located- the house is near hendersonville NC

  4. Cindy says:

    What is the price of a bundle of branches? Thanks.

  5. steve says:

    Greetings,

    I have a 12 x 24 deck that I have rebuilt on everything EXCEPT the railings. I have pressure treated pine posts installed around the circumference of the deck so all I need to create are the rails and the twisty mountain laurel “banisters”.

    I am interested in seeing if I can purchase Mountain Laurel stock to build my own railings. We’re located in Yarmouth, Maine which means Mountain Laurel is not available locally as far as I know.

    Let med know what you might have as a solution to the above.

    Best Regards, Steve Barker

  6. Jan Byrd says:

    We are interested in purchasing Mtn Laurel branches from you to do an outdoor treehouse project. Could you tell me what the product is we will need to stain/coat it with in order to preserve it? We were lead to believe we should clear coat it but in reading your information, I see that’s not what we should use. Thank you!

  7. Paige Quigley says:

    What is the price for a bundle of mountain laurel branches?

  8. Brady Champion says:

    Hello Im need quote .I have 22 ft of railing I live in Coloma Mi.49038 I have your product guide it seems to only have the front page to it . is this right.?

  9. Marta Nelson says:

    I’m a do it yourself’er..wanted to get costs for purchase of individual pieces as well as the larger “post” sized.

  10. Holly de Arteaga says:

    What is the price of a bundle of sfticks and what are the shipping costs to Wisconsin? Thank you.

    Holly

  11. David Schatzki says:

    Do your railings meet the strength and spacing issue described in the code:

    Deck Railing Codes

    All decks higher than 30″ above grade must have a guardrail. If you choose to install a guardrail on a deck lower than 30″ you must still meet code requirements. Decks attached to single family detached homes are regulated under the rules of the International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC requires guardrails to be at lest 36″ in height measured from the deck surface to the top of the rail. Commercial decks attached to multifamily buildings such as apartment buildings or businesses are regulated under the International Building Code (IBC). The IBC requires 42″ high guardrails. In either case you are allowed to build taller guardrails as long as they conform to all other requirements stated in the code.
    A variety of styles are allowed as long as the interior sections of the rail don’t possess any openings large enough to pass a 4” diameter sphere through.Inthe case of guardrails for stairs there is an exception that allows up to a 6”diameter sphere through the triangle opening formed by the stair riser, stairtread, and bottom rail.The guardrails must be strong enough to withstand aconcentrated 200 lb force anywhere along the top of the rail.To achieve thisyou should space rail posts no greater than 6′ apart.
    Handrails are required for stairs and must meet standards as specified by R311.5.6.3 in the IRC code.The top edge of the handrail must be placed between 34” and 38” above the nosing of the stair treads. Handrail ends must be returnedand terminated at rail posts.The handgrips must allow a minimum of 1-1/2” spacebetween the handrail and the guardrail or wall. A variety of gripping surfacesmay be acceptable but must meet requirements for gripping surface.Flat 2×4 and 2×6 handrails are not acceptable.A circular cross section of a handrail musthave an outside diameter of between 1-1/4” and 2”.
    Engineered railing systems must be tested to meet IRC and IBC building codes. The tests include:
    Infill Load Test: The strength of the balusters are tested so that a 1 square foot area must resist 125 lbs of force.
    Uniform Load Test: The top rail must be able to sustain 125 lbs of force applied horizontally or vertically.
    Concentrated Load Test: The top rail must be capable of holding a point load of 200 lbs of force applied to the mid span, on the side of a post, and on top of a post.
    A safety factor of 2.5 is usually added to the testing.
    These tests are performed by an accredited third party testing agency

  12. Al McCully says:

    I am interested in your parts, a mixture of .5″-1.5″ as well as a batch of 1.5″-3″ laurel, combined enough to complete about 120′ of railing. Also 2 pieces of 7″-5″ x approx 48″ posting, and 14 pieces 4″-3″ x 42″ newel posts.
    Please provide separate cost of delivery to zip 37640.
    Thanks, Al

  13. Susan Amodeo says:

    I am looking to purchase pieces of Mountain Laurel for a outdoor railing (the framework is already finished). The railing is 15 foot long and about 3 feet wide. Can you give me a price for the branches to be sent to me. I live in upstate New York. Thank you.

  14. greta says:

    Hi I am a visionary artist multi media designer. I have an upcoming client who lives in a town home. The major feature in the home is a 3 story staircase that is the focal point upon entering the homeowners residence. I want to use the existing maple handrail with colonial spindles as an armature for my rustic design. In other words I would like to remove some or all of the spindles to add your mountain laurel branches. I would like to know the cost of the branch bundles, length, size, width, etc. and any subjections you may offer.
    Thankyou
    Greta

  15. Roger Thompson says:

    I’m interested in what preservative product is necessary or suggested to keep the wood material from drying, cracking, and twisting with age?

    • Linda Avril says:

      I am interested in rail parts to complete 8 6ft section and 2 8ft sections of laurel deck railings .5″-1.5″ and 1.5″-3″ mixture. delivered to Wilmington NC. I ned cost estament

  16. florence Kerrigan says:

    We are interested in learning about the cost of branches for an outdoor porch railing approximately 50 long. My son in law is a carpenter and will install. Thanks.