Building a Wood Porch Railing Building a Wood Porch Railing

What You'll Need
Wood saw
Steel nails
Wood putty
Water proofing wood protector
Fuzzy woolen mitts
Silicone sealant
Plastic wood
Latex white primer
Super paint

In country side cottages wood porch railings are a must. The houses are usually made with wood, so the exterior décor is also made of wood. Wooden railing on porches gives a finishing touch and improves the look of the house. There are wooden balusters available in the market that can be sawed to size according to your desires.

Step 1 - Cutting Balusters in Proper Size

With the help of a saw, balusters are cut into the required length. Before cutting, the balustrades and columns are measured. The spacing between the balusters is predetermined and the distance is marked. There are 2 ways of starting: first is when we cut railing length according to requirements, then saw the balusters to size.

Step 2 - Connecting the Railing with the Balusters

The bottom railing can be used to hook up the railing columns first. The balusters are screwed on the bottom row with the help of double-sided screws. A drill machine makes it possible for the work to be less strenuous and less time consuming. The screws are twisted in, firmly securing the baluster columns. Screws are in any case stronger than nails. Nails tend to split wood and cause breakage in the structure. Screws on the other hand hold the structure firm against the ground.

Step 3 - Erecting the Structure by Mounting the Top Column

The top piece of railing is fixed with the balusters and screwed on. The process requires careful work. The measurements should always be precise and accurate. The only way to achieve a neat structure later is to be extra careful about measurements.

Step 4 - Applying Clear Waterproofing Sealant

Before the railing is fixed in its required place a layer of clear waterproofing sealant is applied. This is done with the help of fuzzy mitts. Their use makes the work complete in lesser time than a paintbrush. The main purpose of this is so that the wood slowly dries and thus gives a softer finish. Other paints tend to over dry leaving cracks in the painted surface. This takes almost 6 months before it has dried completely. Paint is later applied after grinding and peeling the surface for a smoother finish.

Step 5 - Mounting the Railing

The railing is mounted in spaces with the help of screws. Wooden brackets are fixed with the side block to give leverage for the railing. This is done by a technique called the slanting screw mount. In this procedure holes are drilled in the cement sides and wooden brackets. These screws when tightened give stronger hold. When the brackets are secured another batch of slanting screws is used to hold the railing with the sidewall. The blocks at the bottom are also stuck with the railing using the same technique. Extra care has to be practiced while handling wood because split wood means a weaker structure.

Step 6 - Giving Final Touches to the Railing

The railing after being placed correctly needs to be considered for final touching. Dents and depressions in the wood surface are corrected with wood putty. This can be mixed with colors to match the wood. The putty has a special feature that gives it a softer finish that almost exactly matches that of the wood. After the wood putty is dried, Latex white primer is applied to give a smooth surface. Upon drying of the primer, paint is finally used, to match the background and give a final look.


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