Railing Room Divider

Project by Jim posted 01-24-2011 12:54 AM 15318 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a railing room divider that seperates the kitchen from the sunken family room. The flooring is random width maple (stained). The toe kick (riser) is also maple flooring and the maple bullnose step is maple which was stained then finished with tung oil to match the floor. The balusters and railing are made of oak and stained then finished in satin wipe on poly. Wrought iron look balausters complete the look.

-- DONE is a "four letter word" at our house, we don't say it often.

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posted 01-25-2011 08:20 AM

looks good ….well done

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-27-2012 09:50 PM

I have a railing like tis, but it wabbles… how can I tighten it?

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posted 09-27-2012 10:15 PM

Hi Tom. Welcome to home refurbers. I have a few ideas on how to tighten it up they all involve deconstruction. I know some of the master refurbers here may have an immediate Idea. It might help to know a few things.

The metal works spokes in the image are called ballusters.
The Top is the rail.
I’ll call the verticle support pieces columns.
I’ll call the bottom the base.

Does the rail move independently of the ballusters or column?
Does the base move when the rest of the fixture moves?
Can you rotate the ballusters with your hand?
You might get lucky with metal ballusters here. You might be able to pull up hard on the ballaster and turn it clock wise. If you notice an immediate improvement, it means you are tightening the ballusters against a nut of some sort beneath the base. If there is no improvement – stop.

Does the entire fixture move in all directions or just side to side?

Would you mind posting a picture of all the parts I asked you about?

Best of luck – Mark

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 09-28-2012 01:55 AM

There are several ways to fix a newel post, it just depends on how it was installed in the first place.

Here are a couple of youtube videos to help you understand a couple of ways to hide fasteners used to secure newel posts. There are other brands and types as well, but most involve plugging an access hole used to tighten the nut on the newel bolt inside of the base of the newel post.



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