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How To Add Wood To Wrought Iron Railing

Adding a wood handrail to an existing wrought iron balustrade can enhance the overall look of your railing system without the need to replace the entire banister. Let’s dive into the process, tools required, and the difference between adding versus replacing a wooden handrail.

We’ll give you the basic step guide that you must know to do the job properly:

1.  Measure and Prepare

Measure the dimensions of your existing iron handrail. Once you finish pre-drill holes along the iron handrail where you plan to attach the wood (approximately every 24 inches or more for added strength). If the iron rail is recessed (plowed), use Tie bond adhesive or liquid nails. Otherwise, apply glue where the wood rail will touch the iron rail.

2.  Select the Wood Handrail

Choose a wood handrail that complements your decor. Wood handrails are larger, warmer, and more comfortable to hold. Always consider matching the wood handrail’s profile to the iron rail if it has intricate details.

3.  Installation

Secure the wood handrail to the iron rail using screws. If the iron rail is plowed, place the wood directly on top. Then test-fit the handrail before permanent installation and finish the wood handrail with stain and varnish for protection.

The benefits of using wood handrails is that they offer warmth and comfort, and the combination of wood and wrought iron allows for versatile design options.

Tools Required

To install wood onto a wrought iron railing, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Chop Saw: A chop saw (Also known as a miter saw) is essential for cutting the wood handrail to the desired length.
  • Tape Measure: Accurate measurements are crucial. Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of your existing iron handrail.
  • Hammer: You’ll need a hammer for various tasks, such as securing the wood handrail in place.
  • Drill: A drill is necessary for pre-drilling holes in the iron handrail where you plan to attach the wood. The drill bits will depend on the screw ize.
  • Screws: Use screws to secure the wood handrail to the iron rail. Make sure they are appropriate for the materials you’re working with.
  • Titebond Glue: If the iron rail is recessed (plowed), use Titebond adhesive or liquid nails to secure the wood handrail. Otherwise, apply glue where the wood rail will touch the iron rail.

Remember to follow safety precautions and wear appropriate gear while working on this project!

Adding Wood Handrail to Wrought Iron Balustrade

Adding a wood handrail to a full wrought iron balustrade offers several benefits.

The enhanced look dramatically improves the appearance of your railing system without the expense of replacing the entire banister. Wood handrails are typically larger, warmer to the touch, and more visually appealing.

Wood handrails feel more comfortable in your hand due to their warmth and natural texture. They provide a pleasant tactile experience as you use the railing.

Combining wood and wrought iron allows for versatile design options.

Wood stair treads, newel posts, and moldings tie in better with other wood features in your home, while wrought iron balusters offer flexibility in creating intricate patterns within the larger banister design.

By adding a wood handrail, you achieve both aesthetics and functionality, creating a beautiful transition between the two materials!

 Replacing vs Adding Wooden Handrail

Replacing

  • If your existing wrought iron balustrade is damaged or outdated, consider replacing the entire system.
  • Replacing involves removing the iron balusters, handrail, and newel posts, and installing a new wooden balustrade.
  • This option provides a fresh start and allows for complete customization.

Adding

  • Adding a wood handrail is a cost-effective solution.
  • It enhances the existing iron balustrade without major structural changes.
  • You can achieve a beautiful result by simply capping the iron rail with a wood handrail.

Remember that you can mix and match other enhancements, such as stair treads, newel posts, or painting, to create a cohesive look.