Dave Anderson

06:52PM | 05/10/04
Member Since: 10/23/02
41 lifetime posts
I'm building an internal stairs with treads that will be carpeted, and risers that I've already stained a dark cherry. Now it's time to add the box newel posts and balusters.

I'm familiar with the way to anchor balusters using a shoe molding, etc, but I was wondering how they are properly anchored without any type of shoe molding. In other words, how are they anchored to say, a piece of 1x4? Are they usually doweled and glued, or could you just put a screw up through the bottom to anchor?

Secondly, which is considered a 'harder' wood: poplar, or maple?




10:37PM | 05/10/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
The baluster bottom is a dowel, the top you fin. nail between the fillets to the bottom of the handrail.

You can use a nosing for the bottom & screw up into the balusters as well at the floor level but the treads will still use the dowels... I haven't seen balusters connected with a shoe moldings?

Red Maple, Silver Maple, Box Elder are sof maples and is about 25 percent less hard than hard maple ( Sugar Maple, Black Maple ) both are harder than poplar which is a medium density wood.

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