This is the latest job that has been completed in my workshop. It’s a moulded wreathed handrail in laminated walnut.
This handrail was made using our propriety technique called laminated sections.
Please watch the video below for more details on how to make a curved handrail.
We developed this method for making handrails that have to fit an existing metallic wreathed rail, but it can also be used very effectively to make any curved handrail.
The advantage of this technique is that you do not need to mark out the rail.
Neither are there any complicated geometrical calculations, and no form or mould to make.
In fact, making a wreathed handrail with this method can be done by any woodworker without any special hand railing knowledge.
Wreathed handrail laminated sections explained
We have been able to develop this system thanks to modern day polyurethane glue that will expand and set hard.
The technique consists of making sections that are small solid wood rectangles, and stringing them together with aluminium wire to to form a flexible wooden snake. This flexible wooden ‘snake’ allows us to create the form freehand.
In the case of a wooden rail that must sit on a metallic rail I will actually fix this snake to the metallic rail. If we’re manufacturing a freestanding handrail, we can just create the shape freehand.
Once the shape is fixed we inject polyurethane glue in between the sections to fix the shape and then glue laminates on to the resulting form.
Once laminated the squared wreath is moulded using a portable spindle moulder.
This technique is really efficient for making complex shapes. It’s very fast and easy.
Handrail training available
We’ve also got more information on this technique in the Extended Training section of our Members Area. This is reserved for Full members. Please click here if you’d like to sign up.
Or we can manufacture your handrails for you
If you need wreathed handrails made for you, we can send you a survey kit made of a wooden snake, glue and survey instructions, so that you can that you can shape your rail.
Send us back the shape and we’ll send you back the finished hand rail.
This is a very cost effective way of building complex curved and wreathed handrails.
Again, for more information, please contact us or ask on the Wood Designer Forum.
Thanks for reading,