Graphical Construction Glossary >> stairs. >> general >> Handrail Wreath
What you see above is a wooden handrail that a hand can slide along smoothly from one flight to the other without losing or changing the grip. This is the ideal situation.
In the sketch above we see a solid timber quarter turn for a level handrail. It is a boxy shape and has a groove underneath for easy location of the balusters. It is made out of a quite large piece of timber, sawn on a band saw and the rest can easily be done with a router or spindle moulder.
When the handrail takes a sloping turn, as at a quarter space landing then we get a whole new ball game. A twist has to be inserted.
Here is another sketch of a 180 degree scroll made up of two sections.
Simple to use and set out. Standard pipe fitting can be used, or as in this case a pipe bender and a 90deg. elbow. The elbows come in a couple of sizes, a tight bend like shown here and long bends. It is simply a matter of cutting the bends at the right position and angle to form different angles.
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