Balustrade with paneled landing

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Project by GaryL posted 11-07-2010 02:07 PM 2607 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one part of a trim package for a fantastic client. His painting contractor was doing the finish. Stained rail and tread caps and painted panels. I didn’t take any finish photos because it was so disappointing to see their work. The client wanted to know what I could do to fix it. I wanted to tell him a big As far as I know it still has a poor finish on it.
The rails and tread caps are maple and birch. The panels are birch ply with poplar frames and trim.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 02:20 PM

Very nice. I love how you incorporated the columns and newels. The finish can either make or break a project, its a shame when its the latter.

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 02:28 PM

Nice work on the staircase .
I once had people do a poor finish on kitchen cabinets that I made, very disappointing !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 02:50 PM

fantastic…I would love to be contracted to do a piece like that…although Im pretty sure its still a little out of my league..

-- "thats all I have to say about that..."

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 03:28 PM

I just added your work to my favorites. We have almost the same project comming up. Great work!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 03:58 PM

You did a beautiful job on the staircase. To bad someone did a poor finish job on it. A finish job can either make or break a job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 05:05 PM

Well Gary, YOU done a beautiful job, we all learn, in time, that there is nothing WE can do when cliants screw up what we work so hard on. I know exactly how your feeling, I once built solid oak book shelves on all of three walls of the office of a very well know auther, he had them PAINTED WHITE, I’m still pissed.

-- Lou - Maine

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 06:21 PM

That’s the worst Lou. I did the finish carpentry on a period style restaurant for a local developer and all the interior woodwork was cherry. Well, one day he came in and decided there was to much stained woodwork and had the painter paint one of the dining rooms- unbelievable and I’m talking a lot of woodwork- Paneled wainscoting, plate rails and an 8 piece cornice. I guess if you’re not paying the bills all you can do is grin and bear it.

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 06:27 PM

Thanks guys! I think all of us in the trade have had someone come along and really mess up a project that you work so hard on. Then you can’t even use the job as a reference because you don’t want anyone to think that you did the finish.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 02:10 AM

I have had some of my hardwood projects painted as well, and I feel for you after seeing what a great job you did on this one with the panelling!

Hopefully the carpetlayers can create a nice finished edge.

I did one staircase similar to this where they stayed back about 1/4” inch, and the excuse was they thought there would be a molding or transition piece going over it… how to ruin the look in one chintzy move.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 05:31 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 03:40 PM

Hi Gary, Great job like always

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 03:45 PM

Nice finish work. Thanks for sharing.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 06:53 AM

Really beautiful work Gary. The design is terrific.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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