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Old 02-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Any alternatives to using wooden button plugs in this situation?


Hi everyone,

I'm planning on redoing the railling in my house with a new cherry wood railing and wrought iron balusters. I have two sections to do, one at the base of the stairs that goes up about six feet, and then another section along the top that's flat and extends for about seven feet. Both sections will utilize a 1x7 piece of cherry wood that will accept the bottoms of the wrought iron spindles. I'm not sure what this piece is called, but I'll refer to it as the "footing piece," like the one in the picture below.

I'll need to stain and polyeurethene the footing pieces, the raillings and the newl posts at some point. Becuase the footing piece for the top section will be boarded by carpet on two sides, I'm thinking that I should attach the newl post to the footing piece, and then stain those pieces prior to intalling them.

If I do this, the only way I can think of assembling everything will be to screw the footing piece with the newl posts attached to the floor and then use those button plugs to cover the holes made by the screws. I don't really like the look of those things, but I cant figure any other way to do it, since I want to stain the footing pieces before I install them.

Any other way to do this?

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Kevin
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Will you be installing new skirt boards as a part of the project? If you are, you could pocket screw from beneath. Are you building your own post or buying a prefab one?

The newel needs to be firmly attached to "big wood" beneath, so I'm thinking just attaching it to the 1x7 won't ride well. If you don't have access below, you can just pocket screw it down and then install cherry base molding around the bottom of the post to hide the holes. I'd pre-finish it and use pins while the glue sets.


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Use finish nails and eagle grip or liquid nails for the sole plate.
They make double-ended lag screws
about 4" long to screw the newels through the sole-plate into the sub-floor.
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Can I use finishing nails after the finish has been applied? It would seem to me that driving a nail through a board that's been stained and polyeurethened would cause the finish to crack.

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Can I use finishing nails after the finish has been applied? It would seem to me that driving a nail through a board that's been stained and polyeurethened would cause the finish to crack.

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They won't split anything (#8d).
Use a nail set.
Touch up with putty and urethane.
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