handrail advice


Old 06-06-08, 03:38 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Quincy, MA
Posts: 131
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
handrail advice

I just installed a handrail in a cellar stairway, but I'm going to have to butt up another 18" piece to it. The rail is a 10-footer, which was all they had.
I'm figuring on a three-inch dia. piece of hardwood stock which would butt up to the rail almost exactly, but how to butt 'em up for safety has me wondering.
The piece will run from the top end of the handrail to be attached flush to a wall facing it (90degrees) at an upward angle.
Sponsored Links
Old 06-06-08, 07:51 PM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,967
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
Is this 18" piece going to be a return, or an extension of the rail you have? I can't tell from the description you give. You can't join two pieces using a solid block behind them, as that would negate the hand holding capability. I would have shopped further and gotten a full 12' piece to do the job in singularity. You won't ever get more strength from that shorter piece.
Old 06-06-08, 09:26 PM
Speedwrench's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,698
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
you might use a center finder and drill a hole for a dowel to pin them together. if so use a piece of all thread and epoxy or gorilla glue to hold them together. make sure it extendes atleast 3 in into each one.

are you going to cowboy up or just lay there and bleed?
Old 06-07-08, 05:21 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,825
Received 96 Votes on 75 Posts
Cut a thin slice of the rail to use as a template. Drill both ends to accept either dowels (I used 2, 3/8" dowel or a double ended lag (can't remember the name). Glue everything together. This is the method used to connect curved sections to a straight rail and it's pretty strong.
Old 06-07-08, 05:30 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Quincy, MA
Posts: 131
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts

Many thanks, guys.
I'll set up with the glue and dowels; should work fine.
The doityourslef.com guys always come through, usually over in the automotive side for me.
Best regards
Jim in Quincy MA
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: