How to attach an oak stairway handrail to a corner post

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How to attach an oak stairway handrail to a corner post
An oak stairway handrail attaches to the balusters and posts. (detail of a stairs handle image by enens from

Attaching an oak stairway handrail--and not an entire banister with balusters--to a corner post is simple. Handrails come in a variety of configurations and materials. Oak handrails are sturdy and attractive. An oak handrail attaches with a metal bracket kit that follows local building codes for grasp requirements and stability.

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Things you need

  • Oak handrail, to length
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Metal-handrail bracket kit, including screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Spacer

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  1. 1

    Measure the stair installation to determine the height of the oak handrail. The installed handrail must meet local building codes. Mark for placement.

  2. 2

    Screw the bracket to the corner post with the provided wood screws. Another bracket will be required at the other end of the railing.

  3. 3

    If a spacer is needed to line up the handrail with the post, use a wooden rosette, which can be purchased at a lumber yard. Attach the rosette with wood screws to a wall stud for strength.

  4. 4

    Screw the bracket on the wall at the same height as the bracket on the corner post.

  5. 5

    Attach the oak handrail to the bracket assemblies with the small clamp and screws included with the bracket assembly.

Tips and warnings

  • An entire banister with baluster attachment requires detailed trim carpentry, countersinking of attachments and detailed layout and construction. All members of a banister with multiple balusters must match in profile and strength and meet local building codes.

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