Stairs #1: 45 degree OTP Winder Stairs balustrade

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Blog entry by Drew posted 12-06-2010 05:35 PM 9734 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A recent Over-The-Post balustrade install with a starter step, end caps and a volute.

This balustrade was a real challenge. Not because it was an OPT or a winder, but because the landings are at 45 degrees, and they are both set up different.

Starter step.


End caps.

Building the rail.

45 degree caps are a real problem. So I make my own buy cutting 2 opening caps at 22.5 degrees.

In part 2, Newels and balusters!


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#1 posted 12-07-2010 01:55 AM

Did you make the skirts and end caps as one assembly?

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 02:23 AM

I’m currently making my first staircase. It’s a switchback, down one way then reversing the other way in a split level home. I made the treads myself with returns and am currently doing the bottom stair with a partial turnout. I have all the railing parts and will ponder them awhile so I don’t screw up. Expensive those rail parts are! Thanks for the post. I’ll post mine when it’s done.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 05:15 AM

Nope. Skirts went on first, then the caps. I guess you could make it as one piece, but I think that would be difficult.

Oh boy do they add up fast!!!!
Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. Keep us posted.


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