Basement Oak Railing Installation

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Old 06-02-07, 01:10 PM
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Basement Oak Railing Installation

In the process of installing a railing to the bottom half of my basement stairs. I cutout the wall here to kinda open things up down there, so it wont be attached to a wall but w/newels and spindles. Im not sure what the board is called that the bottom of the spindles are drilled into but I used a 1x6 and routed the corners round. Maybe the shoe? Anyway, my question is what is the best way to attach this to the framing underneath? I looked at my rails upstairs here and it looks like they maybe used a special drill bit, screwed it down, and capped it off with a rounded plug. Is there a special drill bit I need for this? Is there a better way to attach this?
 
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Old 06-02-07, 02:43 PM
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Drill the large hole for the plug to a shallow depth(just enough to install the plug). Then drill the small pilot hole for the screw. Two drilling operations per screw.
 
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