Thanks everyone. I value all of your opinions. You know how something just catches your eye and ya can't let it go??? Well this was it for me. And as Mike knows all too well so did the box jointed clock by Bob Rosendahl. (Poor Mike)
Would oil based exterior paint soak into the wood like an oil stain and finish? The front stoop, the planned place for the railing is painted white. I want the railing to stand out but not like a sore thumb. BUT..... I'm doing this part only once. My kids can keep it up when I can't any longer.
The stoop is on the worst weather side of the house... NW, Ronald. So if I'm going to do it only once I've got to do it right. It is all butt cut and I used pocket joinery. I was going to use an air gun but the brads were too long. Why drive 20 miles round trip to get shorter brads when ya need practice with a pocket jig. Right?
I love the pattern.... no measuring.... Put a board up there... draw a pencil line then cut. KISS!
Here's the link where I got the idea. Fancy Deck Railing, Chippendale Pattern
Jim, it sounds like we have Anchorage weather here in NW PA. So it does have to stand up to some abusive weather, winters and otherwise. It's July 5 and we had a low last night of 38°.... absurd for even here. And it's the first night it hasn't rained in over a week.
My ex-SIL built that screen door over 15 years ago. The screening was ok yet but I needed somewhere to practice. <grin>
Yah, Mike. I did have to screen it or the cats would get out. And this goofy parrot would find the openings in a heartbeat. The deck was screened in after I got the bird so I could have him on the deck with me. The front stoop is within a 4' chain link fenced yard so for me that's not a problem out there for the dogs. Maybe using 1X2's and more of them would work?
The stoop is 6'X7'. The first thing I have to do is get 6X6's or 4X4's (I don't know which till I talk to my local handyman at Ace Hardware) to replace the two ends which support the roof.... and I'm not going there.... the roof that is. <big grin> Then I'm off and running.
Thank you for all the input. And it's great if I could help get wheels turning in your heads, too. ;o)