First post. I bought a home three years ago, and with the help of my father, this forum, and some youtube videos, have managed to learn to do a lot of the carpentry work myself.
If at any point I break etiquette on the forum, please let me know, but I've run into a bit of a snag installing a new handrail.
My first issue was with my newel post placement, which was solved by right angling up the stairs with some pieces of rail, and then buying (ugh) an upward sloping piece to carry the rest of the rail up the stairs. I've already attached this piece and its been glued, as I did not see my upcoming issue.
I'm trying to butt together to factory edge cuts, and can do so, but the angle is so extremely high that the remaining handrail rests about 5" than my top newel's crown. When I adjust the railing to the appropriate angle, I have a gap.
I have attached two pictures; One of the gap that exists when holding the railing at the angle I'd like, and the other of the railing's 'intended' course.
My question is, would I be able to miter the long rail to butt nicely at the bottom, without having to miter the other side, AND fasten normally up at the top (i've fashioned a 45 at the top that fits perfectly against the newel), or would I have to detach the lower piece, and miter both? The pictures will explain my issue better than I can.
Apologies in advance for anything else I'm missing or lacking, and all suggestions are welcome. I am, I would say at this point, intermediate in my carpentry skills, and am looking forward to hearing from you all, you seem like a great crowd.
EDIT: Right click on the images to view them, I can't get them to show up any other way.. Sorry !