How to Build Traditional Porch Railings

railing details create highlights & shadows

Wooden posts & railings are key architectural components for verandas, porches and decks from both a functional and aesthetic point of view.

While the functional aspects of supporting the roof or preventing falls can be achieved with basic structural  components and construction methods, it’s the eye-catching details that bring these additions to life and anchor them to your home and landscape, creating a space you’ll enjoy spending time and be proud of for years to come.

Whether you’re renovating an old farmhouse or building a new home these downloadable woodworking plans will guide you through the rewarding process of crafting your own sturdy and beautiful wooden railings and dressing up structural posts.

The subtle and easy-to-make details create interesting shadows and highlights that will add a warmth of character that you won’t achieve with most commercially available products.

An Original Stonehaven Design

The design for the veranda modeled in these plans evolved over a period of two years. Considerable thought was given to how we would use the space and what we wanted it to be.
new veranda additionsagging 1950's era addition

Foremost in our priorities were to make the addition look like it had been part of the original house, including architectural elements that were appropriate in scale and proportion, cohesive, and relatively easy to achieve with my intermediate-level woodworking experience.

Unique solutions to common situations

Although most of the design aspects were determined before demolition began, many of the actual construction and installation methods included in these plans were developed or refined to address specific situations as they presented themselves throughout the process.

wrapping pressure treated post routing balluster chamfer

Our How to Build Traditional Porch Railings woodworking plans include detailed diagrams and colour photographs, a materials and hardware list, and complete step-by-step instructions — all in a 24-page printable PDF file that you won’t find anywhere else.

Learn how to:

stair railing assembly jig

– “scale up” structural 4 x 4 pressure treated posts by wrapping them with boards

– add character to posts and balusters with simple and elegant stopped chamfer details

– mount railings without visible screw heads

– make custom posts caps that won’t cup

– quickly paint scores of balusters and hang them to dry

With a few moderate carpentry skills and tools, and our easy-to-follow woodworking plans, you can craft beautiful custom railings for your porch, veranda or deck.

Stonehaven railings page sample

(To check out the quality of the printable document you’ll get with Stonehaven woodworking  plans, click on the small picture at right to download a FREE sample page.)

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