How to Attach Stair Spindles


Stair spindles carry out a number of functions. Firstly, they prevent objects or people from falling between the handrail and the floor, which could cause serious injury. Secondly, they provide an aesthetic appeal to the house, with the staircase being a prominent feature of every home. Attaching spindles can be time consuming but is worth it to achieve these benefits.

Things You'll Need

  • Spindles
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Spirit level
  • Angle tool
  • Use your tape measure to measure the length of your stairs. You can work out how many spindles you need, depending on the gap you wish to leave between them.

  • Pencil in crosses on the stair string to indicate where your spindles will go, and do the same on the underside of your handrail. Make sure you are accurate, as it is important that you get this just right.

  • Drill a hole in the underside of the railing that is the same size as the top of your spindle, so the spindle can be pushed into the railing. Begin by drilling the center hole, and then widen your area until you have the right size hole.

  • Apply wood glue to the top of each spindle and insert into your drilled holes on the railing. Make sure the angle is correct using an angle tool. When you've fitted all the spindles, leave for 24 hours to allow the glue to dry.

  • Repeat Steps 3 and 4 on the stair string, so you can finish your stair handle and spindle assembly. Wipe away any excess glue and make sure everything is level by using a spirit level.

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