How to Build a Log Stair Railing Part 2 How to Build a Log Stair Railing Part 2

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Polyurethane or sealer

After having cut all the logs and railings, you must assemble all the pieces together so as to ultimately form the log stair railing. This should not be too hard to do if you took accurate dimensions and adhered to them while cutting all the parts.

Step 1 - Fix the Posts

The first step is to fix the stair railing’s posts.  The posts need to be made from very sturdy and robust logs which can enable you to attach the remaining parts of the stair railing to them and be able to sustain them. Fix them to the floor at the appropriate positions. It is best to use bolts.

Step 2 - Apply Polyurethane Finish

Before continuing to fix all the logs together to form your railing, you may wish to apply some polyurethane finish or sealer. This will seal the wood and make it look glossier and feel smoother when touched. This depends on your preferences as some prefer to leave the logs with a natural look.

Step 3 - Fix the Brackets

Mount the first and last rail brackets at the top and the base of the stairs, using screws.

Step 4 - Attach the Log Balusters

Attach all the log balusters you cut to the base of the railing. Drill holes and fix them by means of bolts by applying the tenon and mortise joint principle. Make sure you keep in mind the spacing required between one log and the other so you end up with proportioned railing with equal spacing.

Step 5 - Attach Them to the Railing

Attach each log baluster to the railing, which will basically cover them on top and finally connect everything into a railing. Again, you have to fix them by means of the tenon and mortise joints which you previously applied by means of a chucking machine and a radial drill press. This method will ensure that they will be well-fastened and secured to each other.   

Step 6 - Mount Them and Fix to the Posts

Finally you can mount the railing, which is now complete with all the log balusters, base and rails. Have someone to help you at this stage since the railing will be pretty heavy and so you can fix them linearly to the posts.

Throughout the work, make sure to wear gloves, especially when cutting with a saw or other using machinery and tools. Also, it is recommended that you wear eye protection as an added safeguard measure.

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