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Photo shows removal of a stairway wall and addition of a banister of 2x4s to turn a stairway into an art gallery.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1971 (v.49#5) pg. 43

Photo shows how to make a lighted handrail. The rail is made from 2x6 redwood and mounted out from the wall so fluorescent fixtures can be accommodated. Est. cost: $64.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1975 (v.53#7) pg. 52

Step-by-step guide to building decorative railings (for porches and outdoor stairways) and fences.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1984 (v.62#6) pg. 102

Workshop geometry. Layout. How to apply geometry to layout stairway parts including newel post, tread nosing, handrail, etc.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1983 (v.6#6) pg. 11

Workshop geometry. How to lay out a newel to receive a string and step.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1984 (v.7#12) pg. 10

Workshop geometry. How to layout curved handrails on paper before trying to build them.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1984 (v.8#1) pg. 56

Handrails, guards, posts, and balusters. A straight forward, attractive concept for balconies and stairs.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 54

Tips on painting interior handrails and balusters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #301 Sep 1989 (v.39#8) pg. 20

Do-it-yourself stair rails are constructed using precut, variable pitch systems. Advice on selection and installation.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 60

Anchoring a metal railing in concrete.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #332 Oct 1992 (v.42#9) pg. 20

Tip on reinforcing a loose newel post.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #347 Apr 1994 (v.44#4) pg. 10

Correct spacing for balusters in guardrails and handrails which meet the Uniform Building Code for child safety.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #355 Feb 1995 (v.45#2) pg. 8

How to remount a loose stairway handrail or install a new one.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #375 Feb 1997 (v.47#2) pg. 22

How to tighten a wobbly stairway newel post.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 16

Build a contemporary stairway guardrail of wood and safety glass.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #397 Apr 1999 (v.49#4) pg. 62

Solid-wood balcony railing features decorative diamond-shape patterns.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 67

Cooperative craftsmanship. Distinctive wood detailing, tile work, stained glass and carving incorporated into a California cathedral ceiling. Includes details of exposed truss ceiling and stair-rail and balusters.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 18

Stair railing doubles as a bench, end table and storage cupboard.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 66

Installing manufactured stair parts to create a balustrade.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #39 Apr-May 1987 pg. 44

Suggested spacing for stairway balusters to prevent small children from crawling through.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #55 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 6

Technique for joining sections of straight stair rail uses both a rail bolt and a fluted dowel to strengthen the joint to withstand the strain of installation.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #56 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 26

Tip on making handrails out of 5/8" iron rod so that fingers can wrap completely around it for a secure grip.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #57 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 4

Handrail joint is secured with both a machine bolt and a "zigzag" pattern to prevent pulling apart.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #60 Apr-May 1990 pg. 26

Tip on using scrap pieces of handrail as sanding blocks when fitting the handrail.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 26

Tip on using dowels to prevent springback and creep along glue lines when laminating curved handrails.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 30

Tip on using two pieces of bending mold (attached to the jaws of a handscrew) when joining two sections of handrail together with rail bolts.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #74 Apr-May 1992 pg. 26

Tip on using a piece of elastic to uniformly locate positions for balusters.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 30

Building an exterior newel post. Using redwood boards and custom moldings to decorate a pressure-treated post and create a large newel for an Italianate Victorian staircase.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #84 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 60

Tip on painting and drying balusters before assembly.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #85 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 32

Building a curved balustrade for a staircase. Involves the use of router templates, laminations and fiberglass packing tape (for reinforcing the bent wood).
FINE HOMEBUILDING #88 Apr-May 1994 pg. 68

Tip on making a pitch block to determine the correct angle to cut the ends of a handrail.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #89 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 14

Tip on concealing the lag bolt used to fasten a handrail to a wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 28

Capping a curved stair wall using a lamination of wide, thin stock.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 75

Tip on using spring-loaded dowels to install short balusters in a finished railing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #119 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 34

Installing handrails made from stock parts. A full-scale drawing and some shop-built jigs can ease the assembly of expensive stair parts.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #121 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 94

Hanging a wall railing. How to make and install a sturdy hand rail that satisfies all building codes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #125 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 104

How to build a laminated railing for a curved staircase.
FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 16
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #52 May-Jun 1985 pg. 6

Tip on fabricating a curved oak banister for an iron staircase.
FINE WOODWORKING #63 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 14
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 6

How to fix wobbly stair railings.
HANDY ANDY Mar 1980 (v.4#6) pg. 6

Sturdy railing built from 2x4 and 4x4 lumber and dowels. Can be adapted to a stairway of any length.
HOME MECHANIX #684 Apr 1985 (v.81) pg. 77

Country-style stair railing (balustrade) is made from sugar pine and stock moldings.
HOME MECHANIX #701 Sep 1986 (v.82) pg. 57

Flight of fancy. Tips on installing a replacement stairway railing kit.
HOME MECHANIX #717 Jan 1988 (v.84) pg. 30

Replace a stair railing with a prefabricated wooden railing system which adapts to any stairway angle.
HOME MECHANIX #742 Feb 1990 (v.86) pg. 42

Attractive outdoor horizontal handrail is made of treated posts joined with the easy-to-grip tubular steel rail used on chain link fences.
HOME MECHANIX #784 Apr 1994 (v.90) pg. 108

How to repair newel posts.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1978 (v.3#6) pg. 77

Repairing wood stairs. Balusters and handrails.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1981 (v.9#6) pg. 138

Repairing wood stairs. Anatomy of a newel.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1981 (v.9#7) pg. 160

Repairing an old wooden stairway. Part 2. Fixing the balustrade.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1982 (v.10#3) pg. 58

Maintaining and repairing architectural iron. Emphasis is on a typical New York City cast iron newel and balustrade and steel fences.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1990 (v.18#1) pg. 22

How to install wrought iron railings.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1973 (v.140#1) pg. 82

A wooden architectural handrail to make for outside steps. Handrail mounts on the house wall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1979 (v.151#2) pg. 44

How to make a reproduction of the newel post found in the home of Abraham Lincoln.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1982 (v.157#5) pg. 60

Stairway design tips. Recommended dimensions to use when building stairways and railings.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1990 (v.167#8) pg. 88

A removable railing on the basement stairs aids the moving of large objects, like sheets of plywood, in and out of the basement.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1971 (v.199#3) pg. 92

Tips on stair and rail designs, a solid railing of 2x4s, a railing that conceals fluorescent lights to illuminate the stairs, and a massive railing of fir and plywood laminate.
SUNSET Feb 1978 (v.160#2) pg. 84

Tip: How to use a globe ceiling fixture as a lightened newel post on a stairway.
SUNSET Feb 1979 (v.162#2) pg. 110

Tip: How to close off an open stairwell with a tempered glass panel to provide both light and safety.
SUNSET Jun 1979 (v.162#6) pg. 120

Sturdy handrail has a groove in the wall side to provide a finger hold.
SUNSET Jul 1980 (v.165#1) pg. 115

Tip: Make stairway railings from industrial-size copper pipe.
SUNSET Aug 1981 (v.167#2) pg. 82

Vertical handrail installed where stairway makes a U-turn at landing.
SUNSET Sep 1982 (v.169#3) pg. 134

Three stairway balustrades feature simple "sandwich" construction for added strength.
SUNSET Oct 1984 (v.173#4) pg. 178

Tip: Fluorescent lights installed under a 2x8 handrail lights a stairway while hiding the light fixtures.
SUNSET Jan 1987 (v.178#1) pg. 82

Nautical steel cables spaced 6" apart provide a safe stair guard.
SUNSET May 1988 (v.180#5) pg. 190

Tip shows how to brace a wobbly handrail.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #817 Jul-Aug 1997 (v.93) pg. 26

Router jig for shaping a large half-round profile on a banister and handrail.
WOODSMITH #86 Apr 1993 (v.15) pg. 5

How to turn table legs. The do's and don'ts of spindle or between centers turning. Part 4. Turning staircase balusters as slender turnings (both with and without the aid of a steady rest).
WOODTURNING #36 Oct 1995 pg. 46

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 1. Elementary setting out. How a knowledge of geometry is necessary in designing complex stairways and railings.
WOODWORKER #1010 Jan 1978 (v.82) pg. 30

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 2. Basic geometry, including setting out ellipses, setting out the parabola, sequential curves and the helix.
WOODWORKER #1011 Feb 1978 (v.82) pg. 60

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 3. Geometry of the wreathed handrail.
WOODWORKER #1014 May 1978 (v.82) pg. 204

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 4. Simple helical wreath.
WOODWORKER #1015 Jun 1978 (v.82) pg. 248

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 4 (cont'd). Illustrations held over from the June issue.
WOODWORKER #1017 Aug 1978 (v.82) pg. 349

The stairbuilder and handrailer. Part 5. How to set out a wreathed scroll over a curtail step.
WOODWORKER #1021 Dec 1978 (v.82) pg. 582

Turning staircase spindles. Rotating steady rest is used to make spindles from 1" square pine 32" long.
WOODWORKER #1055 Oct 1981 (v.85) pg. 668

Tips on cutting compound miters when fitting dado rails around a stairway.
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 439

Trouble-free curving. Joinery solutions to curved stairbuilding and handrailing.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 620

Technique for joining two sections of wooden handrail using a bolt and dowels.
WOODWORKER Feb 1989 (v.93#2) pg. 145

Turning the perfect bannister spindle. Tips on making multiple copies by hand, without using a duplicator.
WOODWORKER Dec 1994 (v.98#12) pg. 55

Finish a stairway by making your own bannister. Purchase lathe-turned balusters or make your own.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1979 (v.35#4) pg. 58