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Old 08-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #16
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Oh, and one more thing, if you want to know a super easy way to lay out that post height and notch let me know
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:50 PM   #17
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On the right side of the stair, draw about 3' of your rail at the correct position. 34" plumb from the nosing to the top of the rail. Now go to the left side and find out where the back of the post will end up in relation to the riser or nosing and transfer this same measurement to the right side drawing. Draw a plumb line on your wall to represent the back side of your post. Start at the top and draw in your squares for you post making sure you center the back square of the post with the center of your rail pitch cut. Draw the bottom square of your post to get the notch height
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:41 AM   #18
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OK guys, got the half lap cut in the newel. What's the best pattern to use to secure the newel with lag bolts? Two vertically in line would be ok, or should I offset them left to right from eachother?
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In a vertical line centered on post
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I would offset them since the block your lagging into is about 6 inches, 2 lags on the same grain of a 6 inch block is asking for a wiggle.
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You need to cap it and shim the whole thing flat and plumb first

One more thing...I wouldnt half lap it, i would only remove an inchif your going to lap it at all...you want some meat at the bottom of the post for countersinking of the lags

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I always half lapped my posts for that style of stairs like Millertyme and never had the first problem with them.
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Im just saying if you half lap you end up with 1 3/4"...after countersinking lag hole of at least 3/4-1" for the lag washer and deep enough for a good cap.
Leaves you with 3/4 of actual wood to grab.
Yes it might be enough but i just think more is better, so im sticking to lapping it 1" instead of half lap. But thats just stuff that helps me sleep at night lol
We are only talking 3/4 inch difference between 1 inch and half lap. Doesnt change the look that much. But i agree no lap looks hideous.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:39 PM   #24
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there is no need to lag them in either. I use deck screws and construction adhesive. Plug holes with 3/8" plug. Lags are overkill and leave a large hole to cover up later.

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