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How to Make Porch Handrails

Porch handrails – If you have recently built a porch in your home or just completed the restoration of an existing one, the next step is to add porch handrails. Handrails give the porch a finished look and provide an aesthetic visual limit. The handrails can be left in a natural wood color, either to match the color or contrast of the porch. The task requires only some power hand tools and a weekend or two.

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Measure the distance between each porch post to know how much wood you will need. Write down the measurements and buy enough 2 by 2 inch wood to make the top and bottom parts of the railing along with 1 by 2-inch wood for the slats. Wear safety glasses and measure and cut the wood 2 by 2 inches to form the top and bottom of the porch handrails. Cut enough 2 by 2 inch wood to fill each space between the porch posts.

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Measure and cut the wood 1 by 2 inches to make the slats. You can space the slats 6 inches apart. Lay two cut 2 by 2 inch pieces of wood between each porch post to make sure each one fits. Attach the slats to the bottom of the porch handrails with a nail gun, and then hold the top of the rail for the slats to make full section panels.

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