Handrail, top and bottom rails
You will need 14 pieces of timber 100x50 sawn treated pine approximately 900mm long. These are
the top and bottom rails.
Cut one end off at an angle of 22.5 degrees and then measure back 810mm and do
the same the other end. (See fig 10.)
On one side only, pencil two lines 25mm apart along the length in the center of the rails as per fig 10.
Set the blade on your circular saw to a depth of 20mm and do repeated cuts along and between
the two pencil lines.
Clean out with a chisel.
This will give you a rebated groove 25mm wide x 20mm deep along the center on one side
of each rail.
You will need 40 lengths of 150x25 timber (the same timber as used on the roof)
Any pattern of your choice can be implemented.
The pattern in (fig 11) is just one idea.
Make the pattern on one piece of paling and use that as a template to do the rest.
Fitting the handrail
Fit the palings into the rebated grooves in the top and bottom rails.
This is best done by laying the top and bottom rails on the ground and then inserting
the palings into the grooves.
The number of palings will not work out exactly, so one of the palings will need to be marked and ripped (cut) down.
When one section is finished, tie a rope around each end so the palings will not fall
out while that section is being installed.
Nail each section in, 100mm off the ground and fix the rails to the posts with
90mm galvanized jolt head nails.
Do this to all seven sections.
One section (section eight) is not made, as this is the point of entry
into the gazebo.
Author: Les Kenny
Editor: Maree Anderson