Wood Type For Hand Rails

Old 09-02-22, 03:24 PM
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Wood Type For Hand Rails

Is there a type of wood that's best for hand rails? I'm looking to buy a 2x4x12 and cut it down a bit, trying to mimic the style seen in the picture, but not certain of the best type of wood to get.

Old 09-02-22, 04:24 PM
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Depends on if its indoors or outdoors. If indoors, your choice in 2x4s is either cedar or SPF (Spruce/pine/fir) If it's outdoors, it's either Pressure treated wood or Cedar. Can't say one is better than the other since they are all going to be about the same quality of lumber, with knots. You will be hard pressed to find #1 lumber with no knots as in your photo. It's a structural grade, and usually harder to find. Definitely not sold in box stores.

But your photo shows the thickness of the board as being 5/4, which is already roughly that thick... not your standard 2x4. Box stores will sell nice looking 5/4 lumber that is clear, and its usually fir... similar to what you have pictured. It's located in the trim/millwork dept.
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Is your work being inspected? If you read up on acceptable handrail profiles. The square profile of a chunk of lumber is not permitted but can be used if you mill/route finger grooves.

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