Why Wooden Railings Are Preferred
Since ages, humankind has working with wood and the best-known material for household goods is wood. It may take form of a table or a chair or the railing on the staircase or a balcony. The look it gives is that of elegance irrespective of the type of wood used. Wooden railings are preferred as the material for railing as the elegance from wood cannot be matched by anything else.
The advantage of a wood railing plan over other material is the elegance that it gives along with long life. The wooden railing in the sixteenth castles in England looks great even today. Imagine metal railings lasting five centuries!
DIY Wooden Railing
To be very frank with you, you cannot have a DIY wood railing particularly is it is winding and takes form of a three dimensioned curve. The work involved in making a winding railing, is normally out of working range of a DIY enthusiast. It is really a backbreaking job if you wish to do it all by yourself and not worth the effort. A DIY enthusiast should remain content with maintenance of the wooden railings, particularly the teak or mahogany wood. Heavy sections of wood are not the cup of DIY enthusiast.
What Is Possible for DIY Enthusiast
A DIY enthusiast can work on straight railings made of wood. The wood working tools are available with most DIY enthusiasts and the work is not too great for a single person.
DIY Tools For Wood Railings
Tools needed for the wooden railings are the same as needed for any other type of railings and some skill in wood working is necessary.
- Circular saw
- Wood worker’s Clamps
- Hand saw
- Rough files 12″ long
- Power drill and drill bits of 1/8″ 3/16″ & ¼” diameter
- 3/8″ Hex head driver
- Edge sharpening tool pocket hole joining tool
- Sanding tools
- Tape Measure
- Pencil and long scale, T square and other drawing instruments
- Safety goggles Hand gloves and Mask.
Skill Levels from Fencing to Curved Wooden Railings
Wooden railings particularly straight railings are one of the easiest works that a DIY person can start with. He/she can start with the fencing and go on working inwards inside the house and at the end he/she can get enough skill to work on even the curved wooden railings. It is just a matter of practice and time available on hand with such person.
The wooden fence is one of the easiest things you can start with. What you need to know is the basic types of wood working methods and you can gain experience in as you go inwards.
Decreasing Use Of Wood In Railings
With advent of new materials, the use of wood in railings is decreasing. The main reason behind this decline is the maintenance cost of wood. The wood needs to be attended on a regular basis. The sanding of wood, polishing, and the other upkeep are just too much for any person who is not a DIY enthusiast. This is also the reason why DIY enthusiasts are still enthusiastic about wooden railings