How to cover this metal stair flange?

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  1. Aug 25, 2018 #1

    vinny186

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    I'd like to cover it with two half circles of stained wood but I don't even know where to start lol
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  2. Aug 25, 2018 #2

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    Make a circular paper pattern with a hole the size of the stanchion cut out, trim the larger circle to the inner circle until you have a cone in the shape you desire, then replicate on 1/8" plywood or phenolic panel.

    The plywood will need to be steam heated and formed.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2018 #3

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    It would be a whole lot faster look better and easier to make it as one piece on a wood lathe, yes I know you do not have one, but any real local woodworking shop should.
    Just remove the post, slide it up on the post, replace the post and tighten the screws and drop the cover over it.
    Can you post another picture showing us more of the whole rail system?
    Trying to figure out why that style was used in the first place.
     
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    something like this.
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    I was imagining something like a wooden bell shape to cover the whole thing, not just the flange.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2018 #7

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    Thanks for the suggestions. It seems like I would need a lathe to do this properly and while I could have a carpenter do this for me I'd prefer to do it myself. Your first pic Neal is in the ballpark but as far as creating a type of bell to cover the entire bottom piece; that seems extremely difficult, Who knows, when it's all said and done, I might just end up finding some plastic covers for the bolts and call it a day lol I'll have to go online and see if I can find something similar to what Neal posted. Here's a full pic:
     

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    @vinny186


    I personally think the bare flange, matches the industrial look of the rest of the rail system.


    I would say ether stick with the design if you like that look or pull it all out and go with a colonial all wood rails.


    Mixing design types doesn’t work for me.
    :)
     
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    I'm with Bud on that suggestion!
     
  10. Aug 28, 2018 #10

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    If you like the wood look, you can build it up in layers without using a lathe. It does not have to be done as a one piece. You can use board material to cut your circles out by hand and stack them up to get the height you want. Once you have the circles cut and sanded, split them along the grain in order to get them around the metal flange. Do not saw them apart. By splitting them they can be glued back together almost seamlessly around the flange. If you use a knife to start the splitting, do it from the underside so it won't show afterwards. Stack your circles around the flange and glue as you go.
     
  11. Aug 29, 2018 #11

    vinny186

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    mabloodhound, I like to creativity of your suggestion but I'm beginning to think what really bothers me about the flange is the bolt heads and as Joe and Bud suggested, it will look better if I don't cover the flange. Thanks for all the help, everyone!
     
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    Try cutting a wooden bowl. Just take the bottom off.
     
  14. Aug 31, 2018 #14

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    Just try not looking down. :Angie:
     

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