Railing for Bus Conversion Stairs

 

The Bus Experience

Using Home Depot’s parking lot to work on the railing for the bus conversion stairs. #ProductiveVanLife

 

 

skoolie railing

I built the railing in place then removed it for staining. Here is the first board screwed down with 3-inch screws. #improvcarpentry

 

 

School bus conversion stair railing

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

Got the 2 x 4 frame together. Used 3-inch screws and predrilled

 

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

The diagonal handrail clamped in place for marking where the cuts will go. I found that using a razor knife to mark cut lines allowed for more precise marks and then cuts.

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

Diagonal handrail cut with a cordless circular saw. Attached using longer trim screws coming from multiple angles.

 

#productivevanlife

Still working after dark. The Home Depot manager came to check out the project and seemed amused by the gypsy shenanigans.

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

Cracks filled with wood putty and then sanded using 220 grit sandpaper.

 

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

Black cherry stain applied.

 

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

Two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane applied with a foam brush.

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

The stair railing screwed back into place. It didn’t turn out bad. I was too aggressive with the sand paper which seemed to damage the wood in certain spots.

 

School bus conversion stairs railing

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