How to Install Wooden Spindles on Outdoor Stairs

Spindles for stairs are essentially needed for supporting the handle railing and keeping it stable. They provide safety and help avoid accidents due to falling or slipping between the gaps created in the railing and the staircase or its floor.

Apart from providing the much needed safety, stair spindles add to the style and grace of the staircase.  Installation of new staircase spindles or replacement of the existing ones is a simple DIY project.

Materials for Installing Wooden Spindles

Before you really get started with the installation, it helps to ensure that you have the following materials and tools at hand:

  • Spindles
  • Hand Railing
  • Hand drill with drill bit of correct size
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Piece of clean cloth

Instructions for Installing Wooden Spindles

  1. First step is to procure staircase spindles to match your railing. It helps to opt for spindles made from the same material as the railing. So, if you have wooden railing it is recommended to employ wooden spindles.

  1. Next, you measure the diameter at the top of the stair spindle. Insert a drill bit of the same diameter in the hand drill and drill a hole at the bottom of the hand railing.

  1. Apply wood glue, or epoxy (in case of metal spindles) on the outer portion of the spindle that will go into the railing.

  1. Smoothly move the spindle into the already drilled hole at the bottom of the railing. If need be, apply more glue or epoxy to ensure that it fits securely. Allow the glue to get dried completely before proceeding further. Ideally, it should be left undisturbed for about 24 hours for the adhesive to set.

  1. Next, you apply adhesive to the bottom of the stair spindle that will go to meet the stairs. Position the spindle on the stair and wipe off any excessive adhesive from the stair and spindle.

  1. Let the adhesive get dried totally before you start using the hand railing, else it may cause movement of the spindle.

That’s all there is to installation of wooden staircase spindles for you outdoor stairs!


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