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Old 03-11-2009, 08:12 AM   #16
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L trim ripped from hardwood

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Another question. Is a "doorskin" something specific?
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yes, it's VERY thin (1/8") plywood. pretty one side for recovering doors you wish to keep. local lumberyards should carry it. ask for door skin specifically.

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Here is a picture from the front showing the stairs. They are completely wood and are covered in 40 year old vinyl flooring.They will eventually be carpeted over.
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I can also get just about any hardwood from a local lumberyard that specializes in hardwood. Would it look better to cover the pole in the same wood that I will use to make the stairs?
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I can also get just about any hardwood from a local lumberyard that specializes in hardwood. Would it look better to cover the pole in the same wood that I will use to make the stairs?
I would make it the same wood as the railing will be. It's sort of a newel post.
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hmmm, if you're going to cover the stairs with carpet, what does it matter what type wood they are?

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LEt me clarify what I am doing.

1) cover the black steel pole with wood.
2) Rpleace the wrought iron railing with a new wood railing assembly (newels, ballusters, hand rail, etc)
3) Replace the wood piece that the railing sits on. Not sure of the correct terminlogy for this.
4) Stairs themselves will be covered with the same carpeting that will be installed on the lower level floor

Would it look better to do #1, #2, and #3 with t he same wood?
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i would, but that's just my taste. i'd go with the type and color you look like you have most of, the kitchen cabinets.....
but that's just me. oak doorskin, oak 'L' trim, oak rails, etc.... you get the idea i like oak? lol

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LEt me clarify what I am doing.

1) cover the black steel pole with wood.
2) Rpleace the wrought iron railing with a new wood railing assembly (newels, ballusters, hand rail, etc)
3) Replace the wood piece that the railing sits on. Not sure of the correct terminlogy for this.
4) Stairs themselves will be covered with the same carpeting that will be installed on the lower level floor

Would it look better to do #1, #2, and #3 with t he same wood?
Yes, that would look good.

You could also do #1 and #3 as well as railing, newels in the same wood. Your ballusters could be a different colour, or a wrought iron/wood combo.

My only advice would be try to match the shape of your bottome newel post to the eventual shape of your wood clad metal post. Hmm. not sure if I explained that well. I guess what I am saying if your metal post ends up being a square box, having a round newel post (and ballasters for that matter too) may look a little out of place.

Just my 2 cents.
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finally got arround to taking somepics of what I did. Ended up trimming the pole in 1/2' birch along with new ballustrade.
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That came out really nice, huge improvement
How easy were the railings?
I've yet to install one
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Thanks. The railings were more difficult than I thought, but would be much easier a 2nd time through. The key, I think, is that every cut must be planned well and near perfect as possible. I made jigs for some cuts and holes. I ordered all the parts in birch, but I would recommend buying oak since all the parts are readily available to replace incase you make a mistake. There is a good manual from LJ Smith’s website that can be downloaded. I also used a few books from the library.
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looks great BD, matching the wood to the cabs worked well.

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