I have a question on stair spindles (baulsters).
how do i find the lenght to cut the fillets that goes between the
spindles i have looked it up on the web and it gives methods on
spindle spacing to a max of 4" but that is horozantal spacing not
following the rake of the hand rail.
is there a method to work the measurement out or do i just get the
horozontal spacing and then measure along the rake of rail to find
the lenght of the fillet?
ps is there a simple way to get the horozontal spacing right that dont
require a hi tech calculator?
I am not an expert, BUT last week I saw Tommy SIlva
do this on a ATOH episode. I will try to explain it.
First, fit the top & bottom of the handrail temporarily
Second, stretch a tape measure from one post to the
other on the bottom rail.
Third, keep the tape measure fixed at the bottom post,
then raise the tape until you get a number that is evenly
divisible by the approximate number of ballisters.
Fourth, use a level to mark off the spacing on the
top & bottom rails, with the tape measure used as an
For example, let's say you measure the distance at the
lower rail from post to post to be 63 inches. If you want
4 inch spacing, round off to the nearest number divisible
by 4 (64 in this case). Place your tape at the bottom rail
where it will read 63. Keep it fixed at the bottom, but
raise the top of the tape until it intersects the top post
at 64. Use a level to transfer the exact markings from
your tape to the rails - keeping the level plumb of course.
Hope this makes sense! If not, others will probably add
more details or clarify.
On 8 Sep 2005 16:01:17 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org scribbled:
I would set all the spindles/balusters touching each other on a table
& set them up at the angle they need to be (same as the stairs).
Measure the distance from one top corner to the other. That gives you
the total width they will take up. (call this "A") Then measure the
distance from one newel to the other along the handrail. Call this
"B". Then count the number of spaces needed (don't forget the first
and last spaces) (Call this "C"). Then the length of each fillet is
(B-A) divided by C (the number of spaces).
Swingman likes a more mathematical approach. We has a discussion about
this about a year ago. See:
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