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Hi guys! aww I've been meaning to mention this for a while...have any of you used the composite deck railings or even the composite decking? Awesome stuff!  thumbsup.gif Can't rot, no need to paint/stain/seal...ever. Great bang for yer buck in my opinion.


I have somethin' else ta throw out there for whoever may be interested. I guess you could call it a little biz idea. You all know the space on a railing system that's between the upper and lower rails...where the spindles or balusters go, right? Well the clear and tinted plexiglass became a trend a coupla years ago...sheets of it would go on instead of the spindles. Looks cool too. Here's my thought...use a light guage sheet metal and cut sillhouette shapes out...paint the sheet matte black and put 'er in place. The shapes could be anything from palm trees to bullriders...know what I mean? Since all (I think) of you folks have shops and lotsa tools I thought it could be a little sideline cash situation if it made any sense to ya. Maybe it's a silly idea? Any thoughts on it? I was thinkin' I may do it myself. hmm

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 sounds like a great idea,, make up some stensels, and cut a design in with a plazma cutter,  ideabiggrin

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Rebuilt our deck with composite a few years ago (great stuff).
I used 3/8" diameter stainless steel rod, horizontal spaced, for the infill on the railing. It was cheap and maintenance free too.

As for the sheet metal idea, should work okay, but I think you would want to use at least 22 gauge.

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Bad Rat wrote:

 sounds like a great idea,, make up some stensels, and cut a design in with a plazma cutter,  ideabiggrin



Yeah! An excuse to buy a plasma cutter! idea

Seriously, I think it would look cool but the edges of the cuts would present a hazard to kids unless they were really really smooth. I've actually done something similar with a scroll saw in quarter inch thick planks

for a friends stairway. Instead of premade spindles I used the 6" wide planks and cut a pattern, she wanted a tulip, out of each board. It looked neat when it was all stained.

If you slotted both the upper and lower rail to hold the metal I think you could get away with a pretty light gauge especially if you kept the sections fairly short. Maybe a center wooden divider between the posts so each panel was only 4' long? That might make installation and handling a little easier as well as giving you a solid vertical support for the upper rail mid way between the posts.



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Yep! You folks "got" exactly what I was sayin' it seems....right down to the stencils and the 4' sections. As far as guage goes, you all would know what is suitable better than I would. Good point about the sharp edges Peg...a little buff should cure that issue I would think.
My son wants to make some for along the side of our patio. It faces a neighbor and we would like a little more privacy. He wants to go with stuff like bull skulls and bull riders...which is cool, but I'm not certain that it would blend with the rest of the place. That kid is as bad s his old man (me). I don't know why but all of the males on Dad's side of the family thinks that they're cowboys. aww We've got the boots, the pickup trucks, hats, jackets and a few even have the horses. We're real "dudes" heh,heh. biggrin
Anyway, I know that this sorta thing is gonna be a trend for yards and figured someone may want a hobby-job kinda thing.
Yer stainless is a great idea Chop...I'll bet that looks really nice.

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Peg wrote:

Bad Rat wrote:

 sounds like a great idea,, make up some stensels, and cut a design in with a plazma cutter,  ideabiggrin



Yeah! An excuse to buy a plasma cutter! idea

Seriously, I think it would look cool but the edges of the cuts would present a hazard to kids unless they were really really smooth. I've actually done something similar with a scroll saw in quarter inch thick planks

for a friends stairway. Instead of premade spindles I used the 6" wide planks and cut a pattern, she wanted a tulip, out of each board. It looked neat when it was all stained.

If you slotted both the upper and lower rail to hold the metal I think you could get away with a pretty light gauge especially if you kept the sections fairly short. Maybe a center wooden divider between the posts so each panel was only 4' long? That might make installation and handling a little easier as well as giving you a solid vertical support for the upper rail mid way between the posts.



  I think Peg is right,, thin sheetmetal would have a sharp edge, especially if the design was cut with a plasma,, they leave a rather serrated edge and would be a real sharp edge,,  1/8 or 3/16 aluminum wouldn't be nearly as sharp, it can be cut with a plasma,, so the excuse for buying a plasma still existsbiggrin plus the aluminum could be polished,, the cost would be prohibitive for most people tho,, aluminum sheet isn't cheapcry
 The smoked or colored plastic would work also,,, again not cheap,, but NOTHING is cheap these days.. [cheap shouldn't even be a word]


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OSB is still ?cheap? but it has the appearance of a cabinet builders scrap-pile jawdrop.gif

Just joshing biggrin

Seriously, that composite and plexi really sounds cool thumbsup.gif

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It also gives a huge opportunity for custom work...the whole "one of a kind" thing. nod.gif

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Silly question.....I've had only minimum experience with plexi.....but is there a way to cut designs out of it? I've seen the round door latch holes cut in Lexan car windows but that's about it. I have no idea how they cut those. weirdface

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