Stair railing fix


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Old 02-26-16, 03:20 PM
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Stair railing fix

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The bottom piece of wood on the right side of my stair banister that connects to the floor was missing when I moved into my new home. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what this piece is called and where I could pick up something like it? Or is this just a case where I buy some wood and cut and stain to look as close as possible? I have attached a couple photos of what I'm talking about. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me on this mystery.

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Old 02-26-16, 03:25 PM
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It's not something you can go to the store and get an exact match to install. It was cut from a 1x piece of oak. A pic from the side would tell us a little more.
 
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Old 02-26-16, 05:18 PM
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Yeah it would just take a table saw to rip some oak the correct size. Take a look at the grain of the wood it will be butting into and try to buy a 1x2 with a similar grain so that there isnt a blatant change in the grain where they meet. The edge has been routered with a roundover but you can do that with some sandpaper and elbow grease. Then you also need to finish the baseshoe. Or is it quarter round? Can't tell which from the picture. Those you can buy. You can also buy wood plugs to replace the ones that are missing.

When you go to match the stain, don't stain the piece you intend to use. Cuz then when its the wrong color you're screwed. Stain samples of oak from the wood that is left over. Sounds simple but you wouldn't believe how many people can't figure that one out until its too late.
 
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Old 02-27-16, 12:16 AM
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Thanks !

Thanks to both of you so much for your guidance. I have included a side picture now if that adds to any of the advice. Cheers!
 
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Old 02-27-16, 04:48 AM
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I see about 3 or 4 different challenges there. Gap under post, 1/4 round not to end, trim butts to end of dry wall, bare drywall end exposed, 4 different colors of wood,
One of the easiest things I can think of is to finish the 1/4 round to end of trim, than continue the 1/4 round around post. you will have a step where the trim ends.
Edge of drywall is a different problem. I would get a piece of oak cut to same size the upper piece coming down. round it on the edge and fit over drywall and trim end.
 
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Old 02-27-16, 05:44 AM
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Stain samples of oak from the wood that is left over
You also need to remember that the poly will change the look of the stain some. Oil base poly will deepen the colors in the stain, water base not so much.
 
 

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