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
- Metal-handrail bracket kit, including screws
- Power screwdriver
Measure the stair installation to determine the height of the oak handrail. The installed handrail must meet local building codes. Mark for placement.
Screw the bracket to the corner post with the provided wood screws. Another bracket will be required at the other end of the railing.
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.
Screw the bracket on the wall at the same height as the bracket on the corner post.
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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