Exterior Railing

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Project by JCWoodworks posted 07-21-2013 09:54 PM 2042 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second floor Railing, out of PVC 2×2s with Stainless rods within, and Tigerwood.
Near shore so nautical arts and crafts design worked.

PVC works great near the salt air but best of all, it does not have to be painted.

-- JCWoodworks

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 10:27 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 04:05 AM

This has exceptional design and details.
Crisp and clean and warm, it is very attractive work.

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 04:11 AM

real nice work there!

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 04:11 PM

Beautiful done! How did you fabricate the railing with s/s reinforcing rods? I’d love to do this for my front porch.

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 10:02 PM

UJB – regarding the stainless rod, I routed a 3/8 dado channels into the PVC 2×2s (Underneath), inserted the 3/8 stainless rod with a bit of 5 min epoxy, then ripped 3/8 strips of PVC and used pvc glue to cover the channels.

Then running the rod long it can drop right into a slot in the 4×4 posts to ensure a solid and invisible rail to post configuration.

When I need to do it again, the lesson for bringing simplicity is: just use table saw rip kerfs of 1/8 in same place and use 1/8×3/4 stainless flat bar, covering the channels again with 1/8 rips for the channel plugs, again dropping into posts. You could use aluminum 1/4” flat bar as a another option.
Hope this helps, the PVC work is still much more fun than painting exterior ballusters, and allows more focus on the wood parts.

-- JCWoodworks

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 10:58 PM

That is amazing! Looks great.

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 04:36 PM

Awesome projects! Very well designed and well crafted, makes the house attractive and interesting. Impressive work!

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