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03BAL: Interior Balusters


Balusters are typically turned and usually have a square top and bottom section for ease of installation to rails as well as create an interesting design.  They are offered in paint grade, typically poplar or any stain grade desired in domestic hardwood, all sanded and ready to finish. Some options

03BAL: Interior Balusters2021-05-20T15:16:30+00:00

Wooden Finials


What Are Finials? A finial is a feature that accents the top or end of an object usually for decorative purposes. Wood finials are found on many types of furniture, architectural elements, lamps, flag poles, banners, curtain rods and anything that needs to be decorated beyond the normal body of the piece. Finials are typically

Wooden Finials2021-05-10T18:59:37+00:00

Baluster Replacement at The Baldwin School


Baluster Replacement at The Baldwin School The Baldwin School, established 130 years ago, has a reputation as being one of the best private schools in Philadelphia. This all-girls school is famous for its arts programs, community leadership and college prep curriculum. The staff is hand-picked for their professionalism and ability while helping

Baluster Replacement at The Baldwin School2021-05-05T18:14:30+00:00

Wooden Spill Containment Plugs


Wooden Spill Containment Plugs Wooden Spill Containment Plugs have many uses. Tapered wood plugs offer excellent characteristics for temporary containment of leaks from drums, barrels, pipes or other containers.  The tapered shape  of these plugs allows insertion into the hole and can be pounded in for compression of the diameter to a secure seal.

Wooden Spill Containment Plugs2021-05-05T18:09:45+00:00

Small Diameter Wooden Dowels


Small Diameter Wooden Dowels Wood dowels come in a variety of commercially available sizes that range from 1/12” up to 3” in diameter and larger. These dowels are produced on different types of equipment based on production efficiency as well as available stock of wood, allowing optimal yields. While the larger diameter dowels

Small Diameter Wooden Dowels2021-05-10T14:49:59+00:00

How Wood Turnings Are Made


How Are Wood Turnings Made? When one thinks of producing wood turnings, a typical image emerges. A person is standing at a lathe with a face shield or safety glasses in place, holding a long handled tool, shaping the spinning wood. While this happens in small scale operations and home workshops, production scale wood

How Wood Turnings Are Made2021-05-05T18:00:38+00:00

How Are Round Wooden Dowels Made?


How Are Round Wooden Dowels Made? How are round wooden dowels made? They are typically made in two different processes to maximize the yield from the raw material.  In the case of smaller diameters of 1” and less, they are typically made on a molder.  Boards are molded  with a set of knives

How Are Round Wooden Dowels Made?2021-05-05T16:58:57+00:00

What is the Difference Between a Baluster, Balustrade and Banister?


What is the Difference Between a Baluster, Balustrade and Banister? What is the difference between a baluster, balustrade and a banister? Have you ever heard the words "Baluster, Balustrade and Banister" and wondered what do they all mean? Are they the same thing or are they different things? Are these just

What is the Difference Between a Baluster, Balustrade and Banister?2021-05-10T19:28:42+00:00

What is a Baluster?


What is a Baluster? What is a Baluster? A baluster is the vertical component of a stairwell, balcony or deck. Although balusters can be seen as decorative, they also provide security and safety. The term “wooden spindles” is interchangeable with the term “balusters”. The handrail and foot rail are attached to columns, or

What is a Baluster?2021-05-05T16:53:38+00:00

Wooden Porches


Wooden Porches Wooden porches are a way to add curb appeal to your home.  You can also add new custom wooden porch posts, columns or balusters to an entryway. Wooden porch posts can be made to match the style of the project and enhance newels, balusters and railings. These turned posts can be

Wooden Porches2021-05-05T16:42:52+00:00
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