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Frequently asked questions about Stair parts

What size Spindles to you make or Copy.
We make Spindles from 32mm up to 140mm in thickness.
Standard sizes are 900mm and 1100mm long but we can cut up to 1300mm long.

What size Newel Posts can you Turn.
We can make Newel Posts from 70mm up to 140mm.

Are the Newel Caps separate.
The Newel Caps are Turned as an integral part of the Post.
Separate Caps can be Turned if required.

Can you make the four sided type of Spindles
No but we know a Man that can.
Please note that this type of Spindle is Copied using a large Disc so each side of the Spindles pattern will be slightly Concave.

Can you make the complete Staircase
Yes, we make Staircases of all shapes and sizes in almost any type of Timber.

Do you Install.
Only within 25 mile radius of Basingstoke.

What info do you need to Copy a Spindle or Post.
The best Copy can be made if you send us an original, we then Copy the Pattern on to the Template material and File the shape by Hand.
The next best Copy can be made if you trace around the original on to a piece of Card or Paper and along with a Photo a good match can be made.

What info do you need to Copy a Handrail or Baserail
If you have an off cut to send us and we have the correct Cutters we can usually make a close Copy.
If you want an exact match a pair of Cutters will have to be made which costs around £90 plus vat so this option is only viable for larger amounts.

What is the minimum order
The Price we Quote you will be per Spindle with a minimum order of Ten.
For amounts under Ten a job Price will be Quoted due to the set up time involved.

Do you keep any items in stock
No, as most of our work involves Copies, although we have around 900 designs on File.
What info do you need to Copy Skirting and Architrave etc.
If an exact match is required we would need either a small off cut of the Moulding in question or a Tracing.
In the first instance a Photo can probably tell if the Moldings can be Copied from existing Cutters or if a Cutter will have to be made.

What info do you need to calculate the number of Spindles I will need.
Just a Horizontal measurement from Post to Post and the thickness of the Spindles you will be needing.

How do I fix the Handrails to the Posts
The original and best way of fixing the Handrails to the Posts is by using a Tenon fixed in to a Mortice.
The first thing is to cut the Mortice at the correct height and then cut the Tenon.
Cutting Tenons on the Sloping Handrail is always the most challenging part of fitting Stair Parts but it can be made easier using the following technique.

If fitting between two Posts, stand the two Posts in their respective Holes in the Base Posts and level them by holding a spirit level on the square section of the Post.
Hold them level with battens and Cramps. (Battens across the Stairwell from wall to wall can then be cramped to the Post).
Hold the Handrail alongside the Posts making sure the top of the Handrail lines up with the top of the Mortice in the Post, this can either be cramped to the Posts or use a couple of Helpers.
When you are satisfied the Handrail is in the correct place, mark one Shoulder against the Post and the same at the other end of the Handrail.
Remove the Handrail and transfer the lines to the other side of the Handrail.
Now cut the Tenon on one end of the Handrail using a sharp Tenon Saw. (Get a good quality Saw, cheap Saws make a job ten times harder to do). At this stage the Shoulder cut does not have to be perfect.
If you are satisfied with the fit then the other Tenon can be cut, but add on about 4mm so the Shoulders will be too long at this stage.
When both Tenons are cut put the Handrail in position.
Now loop a piece of Rope around the Ball on the top of the Posts and insert a small piece of Timber or a large Screwdriver in to the Rope and twist it until it is tight enough to pull the Posts tight against the Shoulders of the Tenons.
With the Rope giving the pressure you can now insert your Tenon Saw between the Shoulder and the Post and trim the Shoulder to give a perfect joint, if the Handrail is too long just cut again until you lose the 4mm that was added on previously.
If you put a piece of Masking Tape one one side of the Saw teeth it will stop the Teeth scratching the Post.

What finish do I use on the Spindles
For Pine, our preference is two coats of Sanding sealer with a rub down with very fine glasspaper after each coat is dry, then apply one or two coats of Wax, either clear or coloured.
Be careful with the coloured Wax as it is a lot thicker and tends to dry as it is being applied which means extra work buffing it to a shine.

With Hardwoods we prefer either two coats of  Sealer and then Wax or four coats of Danish Oil, with or without a Wax top coat.
The important thing is to always rub down between coats and Hoover away any dust before applying the next coat.
How much does it cost to Copy a Spindle
If we haven’t already made the design in the past the first charge is £14 plus vat for making the Pattern Template that fits to the Lathe.
If you order a minimum of Ten Spindles in Pine they will cost £6.50 each plus vat.
11 to 15 £6 each plus vat and over 15 £5.75 each plus vat.
This applies to 90% of Spindles but we can give a firm Price if you send a Photo of the Spindle.

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