Ugly Railing Posts
DIY railing from big box stores will use posts with spot-welded outer brackets that allow the rails to slide in. Easy to be sure, you can cut the rails with a hack saw and hide the nasty cut edge inside the bracket.
The Look of Finish Carpentry
Cutting hand and bottom rails to fit tight between the posts requires a bit more skill, but the finished appearance is like night and day.
Ugly Railing Brackets and Stair Hinges
Hinges are convenient, and we have considered them, but there is no hinge design that looks good.
Nothing beats the look of a nicely mitered stair rail.
Looking from the road, it’s easy to see who has succumbed to the off-shore bracket-style railing, and who has made the investment of skilled labour. Nothing beats the finished look of hand and bottom rails that have been cut to fit snug between the posts.