Safety rail for loft
For permanent: You could use 4x4 fir posts for the newell posts. 'Notch' these (take off 1/2 the width of the post - 1 3/4" and the hight of the joist to be attached to .... and lag screw them directly into the floor joists or use carraige bolts. Minimum diameter should be 1/2". If the floors are covered by sheathing, you will have to remove these in order to do attach this way to the joists...
This is pretty much what Darylh said, but I'll elaborate since we have done this type of railing set up:
For Removable:...To be able to remove the railing; fabricate what is essentially a top and bottom plate, like in a wall. However, you could router the edges to give it a nice finished look. Use 3/4" Stock for those. Attach your square 'dowell' at a minimum of 3 1/2" apart edge to edge (Use a scrap piece of 2x4 since it is 3 1/2" in size)
The key is to measure it out and fabricate/construct it BEFORE you install it. Use wood glue and wood screws to attach the 'ballusters' to the top and bottom parts. Once it is assembled, Fit it into place and pre-drill screw holes for about a #12 diameter wood screw. Use long ones, at least 3 1/2" in length. Drill trough the bottom and top peices, making sure that your screws go into joists and not just plywood.
Now, when you want to remove it, just remove the screws and pull it out.
We did this on a stair case leading to a basement so that it met code, but could be removed for furniture.
Home owner painted it to match existing trim work. Wish I had a pick of it. We used 1 1/2" closet poles, but to cut down to sizes, so we could use them as the ballusters...
Tip: When I did this on the staircase, I milled down my top and bottom pieces, then temporarlly installed those using screws. Then, I used a temp. bracket (strapping laid on the flat across the opening and pin nailed it to the top and bottom to make a rigid frame )- the exact measurement of the opening. Remove it and set on a flat surface - so you can install the ballusters and attach them from each side (top and bottom)...This way I could also measure my dowells (Ballusters) and fit them exact in length. The unit went in with a perfect snug fit....
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Last edited by AtlanticWBConst.; 02-26-2007 at 09:35 PM.