How to Build a Wooden Porch Railing using Stock Rails and Balusters. Rails and Balusters are Cut to Length On Site. Build custom porch railing to add character and safety to your porch with a straightforward DIY project that starts with purchased upper and lower rail and baluster stock. If necessary, add a
I wanted a nice looking porch rail because it will be in a highly visible location next to the front door. I chose Western Red Cedar because it's a very high quality, dimensionally stable (meaning it doesn't warp), aromatic and naturally rot resistant wood. Cedar costs more, but is worth it when appearances
The home centers also have wood pre-fab top rails (2x4s with notched bottoms, and beveled edges). Looking around the neighborhood you want a substantial top rail, and not a compromised cutdown, and thus thin 2x4 wannabe top railing. So I did nothing for a few years, until my 2 year old fell of the porch (only a few feet
You may want to check the height of steps or stairs that are already familiar to you — such as interior stairs of porch steps — to get a sense for a comfortable height. If the initial planned height . and carriage bolts. Use the same method you used to install the railing posts in How to Build a Deck: Wood Decking and Railings.