Handrail mitering

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Topic by gthang posted 11-11-2011 12:53 AM 12246 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2011 12:53 AM

I’ve been installing a new handrail, (no existing rail), Breadloaf profile. I have one intersecting wall at the top of the stairs. about 2’ long.
Got the long section brackets mounted. But, when I made my compund miter cut to join the 2 pieces, the top piece, rotates away from the wall and wont sit on a bracket square.
Any help would be appriciated, just cant wrap my head around it???

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11-13-2011 04:15 PM

Hey Greg, how you doing today? Let me see if I’m picturing this in my head correctly. You are heading up the stairs holding on to the railing that has a wall intersecting at the top landing instead of a post to dead end it into.

So you have to return the rail around the outside corner 24”. Is this correct?

I used to install a lot of custom oak stairs and handrail for a company in southern California and most of them were curved stairs and rail. The challenge you are having with that top miter is that it isn’t a 45 degree angle. There are a few variables that can throw the corner out of square or maybe the wall is a little out of plumb also. When you are coming up or going down with the rail installation, never lock yourself in to a situation before you get that inside or outside bevel and angle right on the money. Make sure you have plenty of rail length to play with so that running short of rail doesn’t enter your mind and throw you off course. It just takes a little more time because you have to make adjustments with your saw, but afterwards you are the “KING” because it looks so nice and professional. I hope this helps you out Greg,

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