Wood hand rail

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Old 06-09-07, 07:33 PM
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Wood hand rail

I am going to install a hand rail for just a few steps. It will only be about 3 ft long but I then need to cut it at a right angle to have a short piece attached to the wall.

My question is what is the best way to fasten the hand rail to each other when it is cut to a 45 degree angle?

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Old 06-09-07, 09:22 PM
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Harlan: The best way is to cut the 45 degree pieces from each end, swap them, and you will have the pieces match the angle of the main rail. Then cut to length, glue and nail with a finish nailer. After it dries, the glue will be doing the work. Use something comparable to Titebond II.
 
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Also wondering what is the best height for a stair rail?

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Old 06-17-07, 03:38 AM
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This is where it gets a little tricky. Do you measure from the nose of the stair, from the back, etc. I usually measure from the nose of the step on the bottom and from the nose on the last step going up, 38" vertical. Code will probably call for a measurement of 34-40"
 
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