CCM Railing Projects on St. Charles Ave
4730 St. Charles Exterior Railing Project
CCM encountered uncertainties in regards to the most appropriate method of achieving the required radii and curvature. To achieve the curvature, CCM evaluated whether to curve the wood or whether to cut various pieces and then connect the components utilizing quarter inch veneers.
Central City Millworks developed mock-ups and determined that the project requirements could be met best by developing various pieces of wood and then connecting them with adhesive veneers.
2265 St. Charles Railing with Spindles Project
CCM undertook the 2265 St. Charles project to determine the optimal process to fabricate a railing with spindles for a home located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
To determine the geometries of the curve, CCM installed a temporary rail consisting of ductile metal. The metal was bent to the required radius and then set the temporary rail on a form to determine the radius of the fall. Then some sections of the stairwell were cut out of solid wood to build unique jigs to mount the components.
After assembling various components, CCM made improvements to ensure optimal fit and assembly.
201 St. Charles Stairwell Handrail Project
Handrails make any stairwell look grand, the more intricate the better but, safety is the main issue when fabricating a handrail.
For the 201 St. Charles project CCM recently took on, however, appearance was equally as important as safety.
This project was a bit different than others we have completed in the past as the handrail was already essentially built when we came on board. However, steel welded together is not always appealing to the eyes. Thus, CCM’s job was to fabricate and install a handrail that would wrap with the steel frame.
From the start, we could see that getting the irregular shape and curvature of the steel frame into wood components would require some ingenuity.
First, we used metal to template each curve. Each curve was different with twists that rivaled the next.
We were technically making a template for two different handrails. They may look like copies of each other, but they are absolutely different since they are running next to each other; their radius changes at every turn.
Second, after making a template of all the components, we started shaping some wood.
In our shop, we cut and shaped all the curves and took them on site for fitting before finally shaping the desired profile. A custom knife was cut and all the straight runs of handrail were fabricated using one of our shapers.
The curves, however, were a different issue being so irregular; there was no way to profile them using the shapers or knives we used to profile the straight runs. These curves were individually profiled by one of our skilled crasftmen using few electric and hand tools. Their irregular shape and twists require such a process to get the desired profile.
Then, after fabricating all the components, CCM finishers stained and finished the pieces. Installers took the components and joined the puzzles over the existing metal frame.
Finally, the finisher came back over the installed handrail doing touch-ups and necessary work over joints for a grand completion.