Archive for February, 2010

poplar balusters

These balusters were turned for a customer in San Francisco. The sort of odd thing about these is that although the center diameter is 1 3/4 inches the square ends (not shown) are 1 1/4 inches. That is why I am turning the center area separately. The square top and bottom will be added after.

poplar balusters

alder stair newels

These alder stair newels were turned for a customer in the Colorado Springs, CO area. They measure 5 1/2 inches X 44 inches. The newel cap is not shown but will match the handrail sample sent to me (below). Obviously the newels are over-the-post newels. The newel cap (with matching handrail profile) will be mitered to receive the handrail.

alder handrail

poplar balusters

These are for a customer in San Francisco. They are part of a renovation for an older home. Although the originals were much shorter these mimic them (we stretched the “turned” portion). One of the unusual aspects of these is that the largest diameter (at the center) is 1 3/4″. The squares, however, are only 1 1/4″.

These are a set of mahogany balusters that we just finished. They were specked at a certain length for their stairway application. The balusters have a ten inch base, twenty four inches of barley twist and a six inch top. The width of the balusters is 1 3/4 inches. Every other baluster bottom will be cut to achieve a baluster arrangement that has the bases and the tops following the rake angel. See my baluster arrangement page.

mahogany barley twisted balusters

We were just contracted by a customer to make these poplar balusters and starter newel for a home in Connecticut. The post-to-post newel has an octagon base middle and top. The top id quite narrow and will require the handrail to attach horizontally. As such, an up easing will have to be used. The handrail attaching on the rake angle would be too wide for the newel top. The newel measures 8″ at the widest. The design is based on the image from a magazine article and came off quite nicely. The balusters are a based on the image from the same magazine article. The pattern was a common pattern used at the turn of the last century and prior to.
I did not turn these. My partner in crime (turning crime that is) turned these. Great job Walter!

Poplar Newel  8inch wide

poplar balusters 1 3/4 inch