04-29-2010 02:51 PM
Anyone out there ever tackle these balusters? I plan to make them from 5/4 x 6 x 36 treated lumber. I took a recent trip to Cape May, NJ and got the idea down there. A search for sources rendered many places ready to take my $$$$, but since I'll need 25-30, I've decided to "ponder" the idea of making my own.
They are basically a flat board with scrolled (not too detailed for me) cutouts... all the same... the finished product resembles a "gingerbread" effect. I saw only one at Cape May, but it looks really really nice when finished.
My question: Has anyone out there in "WOODland" ever tackled a similar "mass production" project? If so, I'm asking you to throw any/all ideas (design/procedural/setups, etc.) out here to help me design my plan of attack!
FJC in IN
04-30-2010 04:29 AM
Good Morning FJC,
Here is a picture of the ones in my front porch that are in dire need of replacement because, I didn't do my PM in time.
I used 1X12 # 2 white pine to cut these out of however you could do the same with your balusters as they make for a nice looking rail. I rounded over all edges on the scroll work with a 1/4 round over bit in a hand held router.
As you can see they need replaced.
04-30-2010 06:56 AM
something else to consider: make sure the openings you create are not too large. local code here for deck railings is that a sphere 3-1/2" in dia must not be able to be passed thru any openings. this is to ensure that you don't create an opening that some little kid will stick his head thru and get stuck.
old patterns are neat, but we also need to think about safety and liability today.
04-30-2010 09:31 AM
How right you are and when I replace these, they will meet code. When I instaled them some 30 years ago we didn't even have a Building Department and London omly had a popluation of 5,000 and now we are about to reach the 10,000 mark in residents.
My plan will be in the fashion of Arts and Craft Bungalow style. Here in London the maximum width in balusters is 4 3/8" which is the space by using 1 1/2" square balusters 6" on center. Since I sell lumber I may just go on ahead and use 8/4 stock for them out of white oak.
05-01-2010 02:23 AM - edited 05-01-2010 02:27 AM
Wow! Kids heads are getting smaller all the time. It's been 4" for a long time. Has it been 3 1/2" in your neck of the woods for long? I better check our code and make sure it didn't change on me. Update: Just checked, still 4" here. Pretty soon you won't be able to see through the rail.
05-02-2010 03:20 AM
Thanks a million guys...for your comments and especially for taking the times to upload a couple pics. I'm still designing and milling around several ideas, but your comments helped me make a couple changes to the direction I was taking. Thanks again!
05-02-2010 03:43 AM
I like your design very much and it would definitely be a different appearance. Do you mind if I borrow your design? I don't want to infringe on anyone's copyright.
05-02-2010 07:22 AM
Sure you may use it.
I borrowed it from a picture of a doll house.
Let me poke around and see if I still have the pattern.
I would send you the template but it is 2400 miles away.