Oak Church Handrail and lessons learned

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Project by oldguy2 posted 11-01-2016 11:48 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Oak Handrail has been needed at our church since my Rev. wife and I moved here. Not a complex task and I loved the idea. Small top edge 1 and 3/4 wide should do and about 3 inch wide sides and 35 inches long and the look should compliment the lines of the lectern and pulpit. All straight lines. I rounded the top ends and a slight curve on the side pieces and let the top project and inch. I think we succeeded with that look and the polyurathane matched the old varnish to a tee. First lesson..choose the oak I had with no knots and make it oversize to allow for cutting. Second Lesson…Oak is always hard as nails on screws so the glue up was ok but not the brass screws for the mounting brackets. So those were replaced with steel Kreg screws as this would be covered up. Also with oak predrill and run the screws in and out since I would be attaching the one plate underneath the top almost blind. No I attached it loose and finish tighten ( old age trick ) from underneath with a long bit. Lesson three..Charles Neal..sand the ends one level more than the rest almost a burnish and it seals better, now handrails get little kids hanging on them, old guys like me leaning on them with knee replacements and elderly grabbing them..check out the gap it the one pic. Sanding was done. No 90 degree edges. Lesson Four…this was critical. This railing would be seen even though 8 feet apart as not symmetrical if a tiny not symmetrical. So I planned my first handrail height with spacer blocks, marked and mounted it. Nice about 34 inches high, sink countertops are 36 inches. So to match the other, measure and mark the mounting plate heights. Mistakes…I predrilled one bracket plate under the rail top all the way thru. I will be back today with tinted putty.

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#1 posted 11-01-2016 12:15 PM

Looks good!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 02:31 PM

very nice ….and I also know how hard it is to match colors ….... I also added a bigger tables on both sides of our Pulpit ….... but that was red oak …much easier to match that ....... now they have good amount of room for a laptop

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-02-2016 04:11 AM

It’s always more complicated than it appears and mistakes always happen. In the end you won.

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