Category: Porch How-To

October 27, 2016 - How To Cut Stair Spindles for Sloped Bottom Rail

We commonly get asked how to cut the spindles for use on stair railings, especially when using Sloped Bottom Rail.  Here we’ll attempt to answer those questions. You’ll need to cut the angle on the ends of your stair spindles on site during installation.  It is not done here at our shop.  This is because…  » Read more

March 9, 2016 - Victorian Porch with Curved Railing in Frankfort, IL

T.B. of Frankfort IL writes “Wanted you to see your beautiful product. Thank you for all your help in this process. It turned out wonderful!! I can take more pictures next year with landscaping, if you want.” One of the more common questions we get is “How do we get curved rail for our porch?”. …  » Read more

December 22, 2014 - Installation Instruction Video for 4×4 Newel Post Anchors

Installation of our 3 1/2″ wood posts is made easy with the Titan Post Anchor kit.  Click HERE to purchase. Each order of post anchors ships with complete printed installation instructions.

November 3, 2014 - Pressure-Treated Wood: Should you use Cedar Instead?

There are really only two reasons you would use pressure treated wood for your millwork: low cost and resistance to rot.  And these are good reasons.  But what if we could offer a higher quality wood, with natural grown-in rot resistance, at a reasonable price?  For the past 70 years, pressure-treated wood has been the…  » Read more

June 11, 2014 - Custom Spindle/Baluster Length vs. Standard Lengths

People ask us all the time: “Can you make a custom spindle length, or do we need to order the next larger length and cut them down?”  The answer: “No problem!” This is a common situation.  You’ll notice on our spindle product listings, there are usually only three lengths listed: 20″, 26″, and 32″.  These…  » Read more