|We're getting through the second fix upstairs now and during this week I've replace the old handrail with some that matches what is in the rest of the house.|
|What was left of the old handrail|
I decided it was best to rip it all out and start again, this way I could make sure I got some solid fixings and make sure it won't move.
|Ripping it all out and starting again|
The first job was to add the newel post at the top of the stairs. This one had to be strongly fixed as it's what everyone will grab and swing on as they walk down the stairs. The old newel post ran right down to the floor, so I cut it off flush with the top of the stairs and then made a 12" long halving joint to fit the new newel with. As the old post was 3"x3" and the new one is 4"x4" I had to make this halving joint more like a giant L shaped rebate so it would fit over the top of the old post, glued and screwed it was rock solid when I finished.
|Adding the newel post, this has to be solid|
The rest was fairly plane sailing, the newel posts already had mortises in them but the tenons on the handrail had to be added on, taking a bit of time (I did these by hand as it's sometimes easier this way), I fixed all the handrail and newels in position then replaced some of the flooring and added the spindles. The flooring I replaced so it finished in line with the new newel posts, it also had a round over moulding on for the apron lining to butt into, giving a nice detail. By doing this all my spindles could also be fixed from the underside giving a much better fixing.
|The finished handrail from the top|
It was then a matter of adding the apron lining and doing all the finishing touches like pelleting the screw holes, sanding them down and punching in any nails. The bottom of the old newel post also had to be packed out so that it was the same size as the new one
|I decided at the start to replace the apron under the handrail as well and it looks much better all being new|
|The joint connecting the new newel to the old post.|
Anyone else had a hand railing project they've done lately?