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What wood to go under iron balusters?

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01-12-13, 02:47 PM   #1  
What wood to go under iron balusters?

Hi everyone,

We added hardwood flooring to our upstairs under a pretty quick timeline so we left the trim and finishing of the stairs as a "bridge to cross when we get to it" sort of thing.

Well, now we're at the bridge and the next step is to finish off the flooring at the edge of the balcony and add iron balusters between the hardwood posts. My plan has been to either:
  • Cut away the existing flooring to make room for landing tread, which mounts flush to the floor. The balusters would attach directly to this tread.
  • Trim the existing flooring flush with the wall, hide the edge with baseboard along the edge of the wall, install balusters directly into the floor or into a shoe rail. (This is how it was originally, but with wood balusters and carpeting)

Any ideas or advice? The first option seems the most daunting but the most attractive to me. I appreciate any feedback!

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01-12-13, 03:21 PM   #2  
Normally the edge has a piece of bull nose oak and the balusters are set into it. It's similar to a tread but comes in longer lengths and is about 4" wide. Usually it goes down first and then the oak flooring is laid.

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01-12-13, 03:58 PM   #3  
Confirming Marksr's comments. The edge of the precipice is bread boarded with the bullnose all the way around and the hardwood is started at that point and laid away from it. Now, not sure what your options would be. With your flooring already laid, I would think an oak trim board flat against the wall and extending flush to the top of your floor would be good.

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01-12-13, 06:36 PM   #4  
So cutting out the floor for the tread isn't an option?

(I know it's difficult but I've seen it done I imagine the biggest issue is the chance the tread is parallel with the existing planks is pretty slim.)

So you'd advise attaching the balusters directly to the floor? Maybe shoe rail?

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