|Project by BillyJ||posted 06-15-2011 06:40 AM||10348 views||4 times favorited||44 comments|
This is part of a job I’m doing for a friend. Unfortunately, after this job, I’m not too sure how friendly we’ll be.
I’ve been working on this house for what seems like forever. The customer is a friend of my wife’s, and I wanted to make sure the job was done properly. Unfortunately, she does not really care about things being done correct. All she is interested in is keeping the cost to a bare minimum. Thus, when it came time to remove the carpet from the stairs (and railing), I had to put something else up. I decided to do this baluster.
For the most part, I did this because I saw it in a trim book. It said that Thomas Jefferson had balusters like this at Monticello. It intrigued me.
Below are a couple of pics showing the stairs after I’ve taken off the carpet.
I decided to use pine, as it was going to be painted, and cost needed to be kept very low. At first I planed to assemble everything in my shop, then transport to the job. However, after giving it some thought, I decided to follow the advise of the trim book – assemble on site.
I put half of it together, then just made a duplicate of everything.
After several coats of high-gloss enamel, and some work on the stairs, I have a final product.
Leaning against the wall in this last picture is the old railing (complete with carpet).
Although the appreciation for the amount of effort is not there, I am happy with the result. The boss kept telling me to just slap up a rail and call it a day. In the end, I’m glad that I didn’t. This is something I’m pleased with.
-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.