A Chippendale style railing is one of the most beautiful
designs for your sundeck. However, It is time consuming to build so contractors charge a premium.
We'll show you how to "do it yourself"! Even with no knowledge
of how to build this railing, you can accomplish this task in less than 1 hour per section. (post to post) This translates to
8-10 hours work on a railing that will be enjoyed for many years to
come. Plus all your friends will wonder how you did it!
|The Chippendale style works
with post to post distances of 3' to 7'. The post to post distance
in our project is 3 feet. The angle of the boards changes as the post
to post distance gets longer. You can use 2x2 or 2x4
lumber as the pickets for the interior of this railing design.
Step 1. Install Top and bottom 2"x4" horizontal rail from post to
post. Top rail measurement is normally 36" off the deck or
floor. Bottom rail measurement varies depending on the project and
your preferences. Typically 3-4 inches off the deck is an
appropriate measurement for the bottom rail. Our project has an
additional bottom board to attach screening as this rail is for a
Step 2. To begin the railing
pattern, install a diagonal board from a top corner to the opposite
bottom corner as shown. The simplest way to measure this board and
all boards for this railing is to pre-cut your board 4 inches longer
than where the board is going to be used. Hold this board in place
behind the railing, centering it in the corner angles. Mark both
ends with a pencil, and cut. This piece should fit exactly in
place. Secure with galvanized finish nails.
Step 3. Measure along this diagonal board and mark the center
point. The next board will cross this existing board at the midpoint.
Precut your board as before, hold in place and mark to determine the
angle and length. Cut and install as shown. Repeat this procedure
to complete the other side of the "X".
Step 4. The Chippendale style uses evenly spaced pickets to
complete the railing. The distance between these pickets cannot exceed
your local building code requirements for picket spacing. Check
locally for the spacing code requirement. Measure each half of the newly formed
"X". and divide to have even spacing between pickets without
exceeding your local code requirements. You may need more pickets than
our project required. To make these pickets you pre-cut the boards, and
hold in place to measure and mark as before. The length of each of these
boards is correct when they are exactly parallel to the main
"X" board as shown in the pictures. Hint: to check
parallel simply check the measurement at each end of the board, or cut a
spacer. Attach with galvanized nails and continue until the
section is complete. Repeat the same procedure for each
section. Now you're a Chippendale Pro!