How to put a dado/groove at the end of a handrail?


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Old 03-25-17, 07:37 AM
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How to put a dado/groove at the end of a handrail?

I'm trying to create a removable handrail similar to this video e.g. at 3:45.

https://youtu.be/J-zg5yXLv-0 Except mine is not at an angle and about 8 feet long so it's a bit difficult than this video shows. Is this still the best option/trick to rout a groove to the end of a handrail? Any suggestion is much appreciated.

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Old 03-25-17, 08:29 AM
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Hand Rail

You will need to fasten the rail securely to your work table with clamps while routing the ends.
 
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Yes, that seems to be the key but I have a 8 pound router that it will be hard to hold it vertically while routing this groove. In the video, he has a jig that he temporary staple it to the handrail, but the thing is, he has a lighter router so that jig work for him.
 
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Old 03-25-17, 09:47 AM
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Even with a bigger router it should work the same way. just be sure to clamp hand rail to bench as with heaver router it will tend to move more.
 
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A small palm router would be easier to control, which is why he used one. (Laminate trimmer)

I can't imagine that a removable handrail would meet code if the inspector knew that it was not fixed.
 
 

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