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Old 02-19-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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I have an old seventies looking iron front-porch railing that I'd like to improve the look of. My idea was to cover the iron newel posts with wood 4x4s by routing a groove into the post and sliding the iron post into the wood.

After that I planned on adding slate, stone, or some sort of veneer to the wood post. The iron railing is in really good condition and I'd hate to tear it completely out. I think the iron and stone would look nice. Any ideas on this or previous experience?

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Sorry no pic. The iron railing is black and the current newel posts are only about 1x1. Thinking of either routing out a 4x4 or building a "box" with 1x4 and then wrapping that with the stone.
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I'm not following the need for the wood. It will rot in a short time. Why not just stack the stone? I must be missing something.
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I'm not following the need for the wood. It will rot in a short time. Why not just stack the stone? I must be missing something.
The iron railing is currently in place and the entire railing is iron. I was thinking of covering the posts (which are iron) with wood, so that i could build them out large enough to wrap with stone.
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The iron railing is currently in place and the entire railing is iron. I was thinking of covering the posts (which are iron) with wood, so that i could build them out large enough to wrap with stone.
As said, there is no need for the wood, just build the stone columns whatever size you want; you can fill the inside with mortar as you work you way up, if you like. The wood will only warp and twist, and destroy the stone work.
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There ya go!

If you feel a need to have the stone backed up for some reason then build a carcass with cement bricks and add the stone to that. You may have to carve the bricks around the existing iron but that would be a whole lot better than using wood.
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What about using brick and stacking them to form a column....could I use concrete pavers for a stacked column instead of brick?
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What about using brick and stacking them to form a column....could I use concrete pavers for a stacked column instead of brick?
I don't see why not. Not really sure what you are trying to do now. Are you talking about using cement bricks for the core-structure?

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