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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cozy Cabin Stair Railing

I had some time after the holidays to make a little progress on the stairs in my cabin.  After much research, I decided on rustic logs for a top rail and bottom rail and a plain dowel for the baluster.  The plain dowel actually matches the floor.

I have kept a bucket of wood for this project from a tree in our back yard that we lost in an ice storm a few years back.  I first selected the pieces for the newel posts and cut them to size and trimmed the branches back.

I decided to drill holes through the newel posts because I want to put either a finial or a light on each one.  More on that later.

It was rather tricky trying to even space holes on a curved rustic piece of wood and the holes to line up and then get it to line up with the holes on the branch.  This took several tries.

Here was my first attempt.  I am a little bothered by the different colored wood, but I think I will touch it up a little with some paint.

Here is the view from the front.

This was dry fitting the right side rail

I put it in place with a little glue while I ponder it. 

more to follow.


  1. Troy,
    the stair case looks really effective and in keeping with the style of the cabin. Great work.

    Happy New Year =0)

  2. Bellissima la scala ..!!! Mi piace tanto lo stile ..!!! Hai lavorato molto bene i pezzi di legno ..!!! Complimenti per il lavoro ..!!
    Happy New Year ..!!!

  3. Dear Troy,
    The stair is looking great. Wonderful idea to use wood from your own garden.
    Greetings Dorien

  4. Troy, the staircase looks great, I can't wait to see the progress with your lodge.
    Happy New Year!

  5. This looks amazing. I browsed your back posts to see more of the cabin.

  6. Your cabin looks amazing Troy!

  7. Your stairs are very realistic and very reminiscent of the wonderful western lodges of the 1950s. They also incorporated rusticity with modern. I can't wait to see what you do next with the house!

  8. Fantastic! Love the stairs. Perfect solution. Nice work!!!

  9. Your staircase is original. I like!
    Bye Faby

  10. Hi Ray!

    This stairway looks beautiful. The images are very real. She didn't know if I was watching a miniature or life-size House. Congratulations, is a truly wonderful job!

    A big hug!

  11. The stairs are looking grat in your cozy cabin, Troy, great work!!
    Happy New Year, bit late but still ;)! Ilona

  12. Impresionante lo rústica y bien hecha que te ha quedado esa escalera!!! Buen trabajo.

  13. Using logs to create the stairs and railing in your cabin definitely adds a rustic and cozy touch.