Here’s the second article on building irregularly curved handrails on metallic rails.
Theses articles explain how to make a wreathed handrail in walnut that follows a pre-existing metallic rail.
Before reading you might like to read the first article here:
Once the basic handrail’s curved forms are made I usually adjust them onto metallic rail to make sure everything is going to plan before continuing with the gluing of the decorative veneers. Decorative veneers are expensive and take some time to glue up so it’s always good to know that the forms have not been pulled out of shape during the first stages where the original foot print was still very fragile.
This handrail will receive several layers of decorative 2mm walnut veneers to build up a sufficient thickness to accept a 10mm deep moulding.
To apply the veneers I use some special clamps made from sections cut from a square metal tube. The tube is drilled to receive a 8mm bolt that presses all the laminates together while maintaining alignment.
These clamps are mainly use when I make handrails using my twisted laminates technique. See this article for more information on these techniques:
These clamps also come in handy for gluing veneers on any square shaped part.
I always have several sizes ready and I never have enough of them!
Here’s a quick video that shows the progression of operations.
In the next article I’ll show how the face veneers are added and moulded.
I’ll also be adding all the straight and no wreathed sections to finish off the job.
Hope this has been interesting for you.
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All the best