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Old 09-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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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!

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Now both pictures should work...
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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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.
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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....

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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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 THISisCarpentry.com with this illustration. You will need to cut a pie shape transition piece something in the same nature as the illustration below.
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So to make the turn I will have to use 3 pieces?
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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....


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This:



I can't for the life of me figure out these angles..
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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.
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It's more common to see cove moulding or 1/4 round used, not window casing for what your doing.
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we always used casing for half walls. shoe or quarter round would have fell in the gap above the drywall.
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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. :/
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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...
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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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