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Step-by-Step Guide




Stair Parts from
Vintage Woodworks
make beautiful stairways.



Here's our Step-by-step Guide for designing your Stairway Masterpiece.
The following steps will help you design the Stairs you desire.

1. Will your stairway railings run over-the-post
or do you prefer post-to-post railings?

Post-to-Post
Over-the-Post
With this style, the handrailing is fitted between the Newel Posts. This approach is generally less expensive, compared to the Over-the-Post style, since Fittings are not required for completing Handrail transitions between Newels and Balusters. In this balustrade style, a continuous Handrail is placed on top of the Newel Posts. You will need pin top Newel Posts and special curved pieces called Fittings. They will be used where your balustrade changes height or direction.

2. Do you prefer Taper Top
   
or Square Top Balusters?

3. Correct Baluster lengths for a 30"
     Handrail height:
    31" - first Baluster on each tread.
    34" - second Baluster on each tread.
    36" - third Baluster on each tread,
            when used. And under Volutes.
    39" - used under turnouts.
    41" - used on landings & balconies
            where code requires 42" Rail
            height.
           
4. Your Railing must be wide enough to
accommodate your chosen Balusters.
Railing with a "plowed" channel is for
Square Top Balusters, and this channel
must fit the Balusters width.


5. If you've selected an over-the-post Railing system, then
you'll need Fittings that match the profile of your Handrail.
The specific Fittings used will depend on your Stairway layout.

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