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Old 03-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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Wooden staircase issue


So I recently installed wood floors and wanted to reuse the wooden railing & banister. I got help cutting the curve as close a possible, but I doesn't look that great. Any ideas on how to fix it?

I was thinking possible filling in the bigger holes with wood glue and smaller shims, then sand, and then stain, possibly add wood putty for the very small infractions. Any help / ideas?


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Old 03-20-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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No amount of filler or patching is going to hide those flaws.
Most of what I can see was just done wrong.
Rails are never attached to the balisters with screws at an angle like that instead there should have been installed with what's called a rail bolt.

http://www.stairsupplies.com/eng/pro...9600_rail_bolt

Looks like someone installed some screws without predrilling and counter sinking and split the wood.
Some of those miss fits should have been dry fitted and cut again until the angles were perfect.
Sorry but if you want it to look right it's a do over.

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You'll never get that fixed to the point that you can stain it and it will look good.

I would remove the damaged / ill fitting parts and make them again, then reinstall.
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You can fill it with wood and glue as you sai . Then paint faux grain lines to match the wood that is there. You need some artistic skills to pull it off, but I have seen it done with excellent results by artisans.
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It's a do over.

You can use the craked pieces as a template for the new one. This way, you can correct the unsightly gaps. You need a rail bolt for the ballisters.
If you only drilled those srews in at the bottom of rails and they are all close to the bottm, you can cut off the very bottoms of the balisters to reuse.
Most people will never notice that your railing is an inch or so shorter, especially women and children.
Good luck taking it apart!
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I agree with Jane. Just redo it and you can use many of the pieces as templates for new ones. All the parts you need shouldn't be much more than a few hundred dollars which will be well worth it.
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agreed w the do over


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It's a do over.

You can use the craked pieces as a template for the new one. This way, you can correct the unsightly gaps. You need a rail bolt for the ballisters.
If you only drilled those srews in at the bottom of rails and they are all close to the bottm, you can cut off the very bottoms of the balisters to reuse.
Most people will never notice that your railing is an inch or so shorter, especially women and children.
Good luck taking it apart!

I have to agree that this is definitely a do over....better to start from scratch and have it look 100% then try to bandaid it up.

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Not to bring more bad news but, those rails are not in code, the spindles are too far apart. That can be fixed but it isn't easy.
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Good eye Jim! I didn't spot that all. We all know this guy worked so hard on this, and I fee
l kinda bad to tell him it's a do-over, but this is something you see every day and cannot be hidden away. It's not like a bad paint job in a closet or missing baseshoe in a laundry. Chances are this is the first thing you see coming into the house.
E for effort! That is not an easy project to do by hand for someone with good skills.
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