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Old 01-29-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Iron railing question

Hello, I have iron railings in my house and I would like to re-do them. THey were white, but I stripped the paint and painted them oil rubbed bronze, which was a huge improvement. Now, I would like to add a wooden top to them. I would like to keep the iron posts, but add the wooden rails like they sell in home depot. I really don't want to cut the rails off and attach the wood directly to the posts. I was wondering if they have some kind of system that has a groove in the bottom of the rail so it will fit over the existing iron rail. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Old 01-30-2010, 06:36 AM   #2
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You will probably need to do this on your own.

Should not be to difficult,However you will need to find a friend with a table saw and dado blades,to cut the groove.

A router with a straight cutting bit and an edge guide would do the same thing-Just a bit slower.

Let's see if someone else has a suggestion.---Mike---


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Old 01-30-2010, 06:58 AM   #3
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Be sure and sight them, especially if buying at a box store so you end up with a relatively square edge to work with. You may have to go through a pile to get straight ones at HD. They just heep them in a pile or in the bin when they come in with noone culling out even the worst.

I would either dado cut or router them. Will not take long. How are you going to fasten them? Sure a box store is where you want to get the material? A building supply or lumber yard might have better quality material and different options.

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Thanks guys, I am not sure how I would fasten them yet. Also, I would most likely buy them at a lumber yard, I was just using Home Depot as an example, because we have all been there.
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