L.J. Smith Stair Systems
Wood Handrail and Fittings
- Handrails are fabricated by laminating a number of layers of flat boards that will slightly exceed the height of the handrail. The boards are slightly over-sized in width. This minimal over-sizing ensures that there is enough stock to allow for machining a clean profile along all 4 sides of the handrail.
- Handrail lengths should be estimated at approximately 13″ per tread plus level runs.
- When ordering plowed handrail be sure the plow will accommodate the block size of the Balusters.
- Our handrails are available in 8′, 10′, 12′, 14′ & 16′ lengths. Some are also available in 18′ & 20′ lengths.
- Standard Handrail – Finger-Joints are typically every 3 to 4 feet.
- Solid Cap – Red Oak typically has 1 Finger-Joint in the top ply of a 16′ or longer length of handrail.
Handrails will never be made from a solid block of wood.
Other wood species vary. For instance White Oak has 1 Finger-Joint in the top ply in a 14′ length and longer, Alder has 1 Finger-Joint in the top ply in 12′ lengths and longer.