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post #1 of 4 Old 07-18-2019, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Porch railing

Finally finished my porch railing. 54 spindles, 4 way dovetail at tops, wedged 35mm tenon at bottom. Cypress.
I had trouble getting a photo to here, might not work.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-18-2019, 07:23 PM
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Wow, that is beautiful! Nice work.👍
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-30-2019, 04:12 PM
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this is beautiful! I plan on redoing my porch, but want to do it before it starts to get chilly out. How long did this take you to complete and did you have help?
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-31-2019, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thomas, I had some advantages in that I've been a woodworker most of my life, owned my own shop that has more equipment than most. In spite of being well equipped, it took me a lot longer than I expected. I set out to minimizer fasteners. The railing assemblies have none. But the attachment to the posts have some. I fully painted & assembled the 4 units in the shop. Equipment I used: Taylor clamp rack, Whirlwind up cut saw, Calpe hydraulic copy lathe, Weinig molder, Extrema straight line rip saw, Gomad tilt shaper, Omga miter saw, SCM SL16 sliding table saw, SawStop table saw, drill press, professional level paint booth. What I learned: cypress is much softer than I had thought (my first time use,) it doesn't turn as nice as most hardwoods, absorbs paint like crazy, don't use 8/4 - too many checks, glue 4 or 6/4 for thickness, molds and shapes nicely. Resorcinol glue: takes longer to use - apply to both faces, working time is less than what the instructions say, requires care in mixing - I used a digital scale, cures rather slowly, but is totally water proof. I had help for glue up. I made jigs for cutting the dovetails on the end of the spindles. There were a huge # of pieces to be cut, glued, cut at angles, sanded, sanded, sanded...
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