The smoothest feeling way to level the top and bottom of the rail off is with starting/landing easement fittings, They are much nicer feeling to the hand than miter cuts. You could use goosenecks to both level off and return to the walls, or just 90 degree turns to return to the wall in line with the handrail. Look through the "Fitts" or other stair parts manufacturer catalogue for a selection of fittings. It is of course more costly than a simple miter, but looks much more professional IMO.I'm installing an oak stair rail, and want to have a return at top and bottom. Does anyone know how to come up with the correct angles for the compount cuts :blink: I need for this? Thanks.
Nice job Btyirin, although I gotta say, those balusters don't do much for the overall look of that staircase:blink:. I am guessing either the homeowner requested it or maybe the architect. If it was your decision then I guess I just stuck my foot in it! Sorry, its just my two cents worth:smile:I was a stair railing installer for 8 years. Thats all I did. I agree that fittings are the way to go for a nice job. Aside from that drawing it out is always a fool proof way to find the angles and fast. Generally there are two angles to stairs that I have worked with. the 11 inch tread and the 10 inch tread. The 11 inch usually gives a stair angle of 36 degrees and the 10 inch gives a 41 degree angle.
for the 11 inch tread the top of the stair case angle is about 18 and the bottom is 26
for the 10 inch tread the top of the stair case angle is about 21 and the bottom is 24
I used to have to do these everyday house one - a set on Flickr and I think I am a little insane as a result now.
EDIT----And I just realized how old this thread is, lol.