07:40AM | 03/30/03
Member Since: 03/29/03
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hi all, I'm a finish carpenter that's self taught. My question is regarding over the post stair rails. I do the trim work for a builder in my area and about 15% of the homes have open tread stairs and railings which I am tasked to build/construct. The railings I build are relatively simple L shaped systems with 1 or 2 turnouts at the bottom. I've done about 15 of these systems in my career having taught myself using L.J Smith's installation guide in the past for direction but have left that behind figuring the mechanics out and using my own methods.
What I would like to know from the pool of knowledge here is if there are tools on the market (sources requested plz) which can simplify cutting the easings and rail fixtures. What I'm looking for are jigs, clamps, etc. which can mark, and or hold these fittings as I cut them on my chop saw. Currently my method has been placing blocks on my saw stand and basically holding the fittings with my hand and using my eye to line up my cuts and keep it square.
I have heard of a tool kit called the Rail Buster ( I believe from L.J.Smith) but from memory this may have only been a tool to line up ballister holes etc.. not too sure here.
Are there tools on the market that can be used to mark and secure fittings and railings for cutting??
Thx in advance


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