Hey guys I just wanted to chime in hear about fabricating custom stair raiings by recycling existing wrought iron work and re-using it with new oak posts - hand rails.
I posted about year ago in regards to this project per below link and never heard back from anybody but decided to proceed with trying to make this project work....
Well here it is over a year later and I'm still working on this project nearing success of completion. Reason it's taken so long is because other parts of the whole project took precedent over the railing project plus I work M-F 50-60 hours not leaving much extra time for home projects.
To date I have about 50-60 hours into this project including designing, mounting unfinished posts to determine the finished iron work dimensions, iron work cutting and fabricating and a complete dry run of all the unfinished wood posts/handrails and unfinished iron work.
This does not include the 8 hours of a co-worker helping me with the iron work and the time my wife has to spend yet the wood stain finishing/clear coating. My best guess is by the time this project is complete most likely mid-June we'll probably have 100 plus hours into it overall however I think the results are going to be worth the wait. I will post pictures once it's complete.
So here's the advice for those who are thinking about taking on a project like this.
If you have the talent, tools, time, patience and resources and want to save yourself $$$ I'd say go for it, but if you're all about quick painless results and would like to have it completed in a realistic time I'd suggest paying a professional to build your custom stair railings.
By the way one quick note on money saved vs. the cost of the project quoted by professional contractors.
I originally estimated $ 2500.00 to $ 3500.00 for a contractor to complete this project.
Well I received two actual quotes of $ 3800.00 to $ 4400.00 from professional stair/iron work contractors.
Overall once I'm complete figuring my/others overall time of 100 hours @ $ 15.00/hour of novice labor equaling $ 1500.00 and the material estimate of around $ 1200.00 the overall savings end up being between $ 1100.00 to 1700.00......
See U all in June with pictures STS Rock On! \M/ \M/