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Issue #197 June 2007


Here’s a common size railing for the two or three steps up to the first floor of a building. The design uses angle iron to get more mass and provide a mounting surface for the motif between the top rail and balusters. This project uses mostly traditional joinery.

This basic form is made by cutting and bending angle iron to make a pedestal. It can be used as a base for candlesticks, lamps, or in this case, a scale. The center portion can be made into various shapes as indicated in step 4.