How to attach stair spindles

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How to attach stair spindles
Staircases are a central feature for many buildings. (legna69/iStock/Getty Images)

Stair spindles are an essential part of the staircase structure. Firstly, they prevent objects or people from falling between the handrail and the floor, which could cause serious injury. Secondly, they provide an aesthetic appeal to any house in which the staircase is a prominent feature. Attach spindles to a staircase with basic woodworking tools and materials.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Spirit level
  • Angle tool

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  1. 1

    Use your tape measure to measure the length of the stairs. You can work out how many spindles you need, depending on the gap you wish to leave between them.

  2. 2

    Pencil in crosses on the stair string to indicate where the spindles will go, and do the same on the underside of the handrail. Make sure you are accurate, as it is important that you get this just right.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole in the underside of the railing that is the same size as the top of your spindle, so the spindle can be pushed into the railing. Begin by drilling the centre hole, and then widen your area until you have the right sized hole.

  4. 4

    Apply wood glue to the top of each spindle and insert into your drilled holes on the railing. Make sure the angle is correct using an angle tool. When you've fitted all the spindles, leave them for 24 hours to allow the glue to dry.

  5. 5

    Repeat these steps for the stair string, so you can finish your stair handle and spindle assembly. Wipe away any excess glue and make sure everything is level by using a spirit level.

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