How to Install a Wood Railing With Spindles To the Floor


Home décor is a natural desire for the homeowner who strives to make his property as beautiful as possible. With new trends appearing on a regular basis, the prudent homeowner has his work cut out for him. One way to add to or complement a room is to build and install a hand-rail with wooden spindles. The varying cost factor will depend on the type of wood used.

Things You'll Need

  • (1) 8 foot 4-by-4 inch lumber
  • (1) 8 foot 1-by-4 inch lumber
  • (8) 36 inch spindles
  • (2) Decorative toppers
  • Skill saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit for pilot holes
  • Drill bit for counter sink holes
  • Philips head drill bit
  • 4 inch deck screws
  • 1 ½ inch deck crews
  • Wood putty
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • 4d finish nails
  • Nail set

Start Cutting

  • Cut two pieces of the 4-by-4 inch lumber four feet in length. These will be the end posts.

  • Cut two pieces of the 1-by-4 inch lumber four feet in length. These will be the cross members. Start from one end and make a mark every six inches. Center the mark on the four inch space.

  • Drill pilot holes on the cross members where the six inch marks are. Apply wood glue to the ends of the spindles and attach the spindles to the cross members using the 1½ inch deck screws.

  • Drill pilot holes through the 4-by-4 inch posts. Drill a counter sink hole with the larger bit. Apply wood glue to the ends of the cross section and attach the assembled cross section to the posts using the four inch deck screws.

  • Attach the toppers to the 4-by-4 inch posts with wood glue and 4d finish nails. Counter sink nail heads with a nail set. Fill all holes with wood putty.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Give the glue on the spindles a few hours to cure before setting the railing in place.
  • There are many different variations of this model that can be applied to specific installations and uses.
  • Use caution when operating power tools.

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