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Old 06-30-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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If you were building stairs would do attach the balusters with screws or use dowels and glue?

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Worked with supposedly the premier stair guy in SE MA a month or so back. Balusters were put in with glue. No screws. Ron

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Inside, outside, square, round?
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I will be using square balusters with a plowed hand rail...so it looks like dowel and glue.

I'm inclined to think replacing a broken baluster will be easier using dowels and glue.

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Did you also get the insert for the plowed out portion. Never saw a reason to dowel them.
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Did you also get the insert for the plowed out portion. Never saw a reason to dowel them.
I'll dowel the bottom and nail the top....then use the insert.
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FYI...they make a bottom piece that's plowed like the top rail.
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I made my own bottom....in my case, dowel will be much easier on the bottom.

BTW....Lehigh Valley? I know the area.....I lived in Allen Town for about 7 months putting in that Coca Cola plant.
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Dowels, takes longer, looks nicer!
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I made my own bottom....in my case, dowel will be much easier on the bottom.

BTW....Lehigh Valley? I know the area.....I lived in Allen Town for about 7 months putting in that Coca Cola plant.

I'm in Bethlehem, out near the airport. Nice area to raise a family. 4 seasons, lots to do and good schools. I do miss hearing Pennsylvania Dutch though, seems to have disappeared since the mass migration from NJ and NY.
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out of curiosity, which type of dowel and glue will you use for this project ?
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out of curiosity, which type of dowel and glue will you use for this project ?
I'll most likely use standard dowels....like the type I would use in any woodworking...except the biggest one I can find. They are ribbed so the glue does not get squeezed out. For glue....that bottle of wood glue in my garage....titebond I believe...
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Forgive the basic nature of my question, but where on the balluster would the dowel be installed? In other words, how does it eventually attach to the bottom plate and top rail ?
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I've asked the same questions...

In my case I'm putting my balusters on top of a knee wall...so I'll mark and drill a hole in the knee wall...then cut the base of the baluster at the same angle as the knee wall...then drill a hole....well....actually, I'll drill the hole in the bottom first...deep...and then cut

On the top...since I'm using square balusters...the top hand rail has a plow....so the top fits in there. A little glue...couple of nails....done.
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I see it now. Thanks for the explanation. Are you using a sliding bevel to catch the same angle of the ballusters as it descends the stairs ?

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