Porch Rail on Concrete

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Putting a porch rail on concrete is different than a deck rail and takes some extra thought. This is a beautiful example of a wobble free railing that will keep you guests from sliding down your front steps. From 4stephenpeters.com

build a porch rail
Porch Hand Rail
Anchor post to concrete
Finish cedar for post

Slippery front porch? This is the answer.....a grab bar disguised as a porch rail.smiley Your guests will be grateful.

For plans and more information go to porch hand rail



Shopping List

2/ 2x4x8' Cedar (hand rail and lower rail)
2/ 4x4x8' pressure treated (posts)
8/ 1x6x8' cedar (finish part of Post)
16/ 2x2 cedar (spindles/balusters)
2/ post caps
1/ tube Dap 230 caulking (glue and to fill gaps)

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
3 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
2 1/2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.