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casper129 09-03-2012 12:39 PM

Help trimming out half wall railing
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Hey experts.. I'm having trouble trimming out my half wall railing leading downstairs. The part I'm having the most trouble with is the angle at the bottom of the wall where the 45* cut has to turn left 90*.. Pictures included. If anyone could suggest some angles for me to try.. or a different kind of trim to try.. that would be great!

Here is one -

joecaption 09-03-2012 12:42 PM

Pictures do not come up.

casper129 09-03-2012 12:46 PM

Now both pictures should work...

joecaption 09-03-2012 12:52 PM

Going to have to make a compound cut on the long piece so the tip comes out even with the end of the wall.
Then cut tiny end piece for the cap on the end.
I'll see if I can find a picture of how to do it.

casper129 09-03-2012 12:56 PM

Thanks a bunch. I have a 12" dual bevel slider, so the angles shouldn't be much of an issue... hopefully

Pictures would be really helpful... I'm just not picturing it in my head correctly yet....

BigJim 09-03-2012 01:25 PM

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While this isn't the same application or trim, the same principle will apply. Keith Mathewson, one of the finest stair builders I know wrote an article in with this illustration. You will need to cut a pie shape transition piece something in the same nature as the illustration below.

casper129 09-03-2012 01:26 PM

So to make the turn I will have to use 3 pieces?

casper129 09-03-2012 01:31 PM

Here is what I am looking for I think.. But it seems to me the part labeled "custom profiled return" is actually taller in height than the run of trim coming down the stairs....

casper129 09-03-2012 01:52 PM


I can't for the life of me figure out these angles..

BigJim 09-03-2012 05:21 PM

You can do that but the custom profile trim will have to be hand made as it will be taller than the trim on the rake.

joecaption 09-03-2012 05:24 PM

It's more common to see cove moulding or 1/4 round used, not window casing for what your doing.

DannyT 09-03-2012 05:33 PM

we always used casing for half walls. shoe or quarter round would have fell in the gap above the drywall.

casper129 09-03-2012 07:05 PM

Joe - That's what I was thinking.. but because of my lack of being able to cut straight, I was forced to use something larger. As DannyT said... 1/4 round wouldn't cover the gap in some areas. :/

casper129 09-03-2012 08:44 PM

Alright guys, I think I figured out a solution. A little ghetto.. but it looks OK... I'll post up some pictures once I get it nailed up in a bit...

casper129 09-03-2012 11:58 PM

Like I said.. a little ghetto fab.. But, it got the wife's stamp of approval, and that's all that matters in this house :D

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