Shop loft railings

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Project by Tzweber posted 11-06-2018 06:31 AM 2826 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been in the process of building a new woodshop for the last year. Not much about constructing a pole barn falls under the project criteria for here but I think these railings I built this weekend do. When I went to build a partition wall to wall off my heated shop from the machinery storage area in the shed the lumber yard sent me 20’ 2×6s which where much longer than I needed but cheaper than the size I did need so we had a ton of 40” offcuts. I generally shoot for less than a wheelbarrow of wood waste when we build structures around our farm so I needed to find a use for all these short 2×6s. I was going to just make simple railings for the loft with 1×4 material but decided to rip the 2×6s into spindles and roundover the edges on my router table. I also had a bunch of 4×4s that the lumber yard shipped the steel on so those became the posts. Pretty happy with how a bunch of “scrap” turned into a nice railing.

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 09:00 AM

Good use of the left over wood. I am sure you will appreciate you made the effort the next time you climb those stairs with both arms full. The banisters ensure confidence from falling over the side.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 12:14 PM

Good use of timber but a question: Is the glass in the window safety glass ie: toughened or laminated, if not you better change it before the inevitable happens.

-- The person who never made a mistake never made anything

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 01:20 PM

Good question Oziray and the answer is nope. I hadn’t even thought of that. Perhaps I can figure out a way to put plexiglass over the window. Really this one is probably at less risk than the one above my lathe though.

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#4 posted 11-07-2018 02:38 AM

Very Nicely Done! Looks Great!

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 11-07-2018 01:31 PM

Well done and a great reminder that I should do the same with my shop loft stairs. I really need a handrail at my age.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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