Toddler stair handrail for a deck
We have a raised deck behind the house with a set of concrete steps down to a patio. It's not a practical place to put baby gates on both ends of the stairs, and even if did, we probably wouldn't be vigilant enough to always close them. So we tend to follow our nearly two year old up and down the steps and get him to hold the railing.
But the big square spindles aren't really good for him to hold on to, and the main railing is too high.
My first thought was to just attach a thin piece of wood to the railings, but that would make it impossible to put the fingers around where the spindles are, especially with the spindles so close together.
My next thought was to put some blocks behind the railing for just a few of the spindles, but that still leaves spots where the mounts interfere, and it also seemed inelegant and more work.
So I figured a railing that had a rabbet cut out for little fingers to reach around even where the spindles are. Ideally, I would be able to cut two pieces out of a 2x4 like this. Except that cut is physically impossible to make.
So instead I decided to cut the rabbets at the end, and then cut it down the middle at an angle to make better use of the material, because I only had the one cedar 2x4 at hand at the moment.
I did this by making a cove cut on the table saw, by passing the wood over the blade at an angle.
It would have been better to tilt the blade a bit, which would have allowed me to cut the cove without cutting into the other edge of the rabbet, but by the time I realized this, I already had everything set up, and the way the blade tilts, doing that blade-tilted cove so the blade tilts into the rabbet instead of away from it would have been a different, more complicated set-up.
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