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My daughter has this huge 3 story house that needs of lots of work. I found one of the balusters on the front stairs broken out from rotting clear through and told her I would make a new one. When I went to take some serious dimensions, there were 5 more that really should be replaced because they were close to falling apart.
I bought some white maple and turned the 6 balusters and then noticed that the rails I would be putting them into were also in need of replacement and the other 6 balusters from that side all had bad bottoms .

In short I made 6 new balusters, repaired 6 of them with new bottoms and made 4 top and 4 bottom rails. The rails were a real trip! They had compound angles but I did not take a picture of the set up I used on my cheap B&D miter saw to hit those angles.
The only pics I have are of the completed railing, the primed parts, the setup for spotting the dowel when you are putting it in at an angle and the fixture I made for drilling all the dowel holes in the bottoms of the balusters.

I did a section at a time . I made a board with a rail on it and it had 2 short 2×4's clamped on each end .I would test cut the compound angle on one of the 2×4's until it fit and aligned to the spot on the next post. Then I cut that exact angle on the lower rail. Then I would start test cutting the other compound angle on the other 2×4 until I got it to fit just right. I measured that total length and transferred it to the bottom rail and cut the exact angle on it and they fit real nice. I used that all the way around on top and bottom.

I had a marking gauge for the spaces and a drill fixture to put the 3/4" holes in the bottom rails to accept the dowels in the bottom of the balusters. The tops were fastened with 2 Kreg pocket screws each.

The worst part for me was the painting. I hate to paint!! They had 4 colors on each one of them. I put a screw in each end and the mounted them on V blocks made from scrap to be able to turn them and paint the rings in 2 different colors. Only for my daughter would I do this!!

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Very cool. That is a different entry step situation.

Ah, our children and their homes. I have one with a sink falling off of the wall, one with a storm door falling apart, and one with so much work it makes my head spin. The forth one is renting - bless his heart.

I admire your work on all that was required on this one,
Steve
 

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Yes , Steve, they leave home but there are always ties!! I do like the challenge of doing something I've never done before and I do get a lot of it!!
This house has a 12/12 pitch and the chimney needs a cap on it but I'm not going up there!!
............Jim
 

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Nice job. You could start a whole new career with this… ;0)
 

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That seems to be the way repairs go. That's why I don't like to do repairs. Same thing with furniture repair. Very deceptive as to what is REALLY needed.

On a project like this, I make the recipient do the painting. It gives them something to do, and I TOO hate painting.

Nice job btw. :)
 

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Hi Rance. She is painting the rest of the parts on the staircase. I just did the parts I made…........Jim
 

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Lot of work Jim but well worth the effort. Seems nothing is simple in renovating.
 

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Jim,
Ah yes children, I have replumbed, repainted, rewired and helped with additions. But you know what I wouldn't take anything for having helped them. There are four and now a granddaughter that has a home, i made her new wood work and a couple of oak thresholds. it is truly a joy to do so. I commend you my friend for helping her. As for your balusters and rails they look great, from the looks of it you must have a duplicator for your lathe or you are really good with a story stick.

Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice job Jim.
 

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Thanks, Chuck. you know I do have a lathe duplicator but I have never used it. I laid out each one of these and cut them to dimensions each time. I figured it was only 6!
Roger, I should have showed the whole house. it is all in 4 colors, Here, I have one! there is more color in the back. I re made a rotted door frame back there when the glass dropped down. It turned out pretty good.- another challenge!!
 

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Really beautiful Jim. My wife wanted to buy a house of this nature, but, while we looked, we never found. We are happy where we are tho.
 

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Jim,

Beautiful… Just plain Beautiful…

Thank you.
 

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How I wish that I could turn TWO identical items let alone SIX! You certainly keep yourself busy Jim.
 

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Nice rails and home.
 

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What a wonderful house.
What a wonderful staircase.
But most of all what a wonderful dad.
Jim you are something special.
As always interesting and inovative.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads
 

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Thanks, Mads. She is a special person too. We spent all day Sat riding roller coasters at Cedar Point. I had a new knee put in on Tuesday and just got home today to read your note. Thank you, my friend!!.............Jim
 

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Nicely done! This adds a lot of character to her home.
 
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