Where would you normally use a timber handrail fitting ?
As part of a handrail on a staircase when needing to change from the horizontal plane to a 37 degree incline/decline (most stairs are pitched at 37 degrees).
What is it made out of ?
Plantation grown Meranti (aka Durian or Pacific Maple).
The grade of timber that we use is referred to as SELECT, and is the highest quality available.
It is predominantly clear and free of defects, but a small amount of gum vein, tight knots and black specks are acceptable within the SELECT grading rules.
What are the important dimensions ?
Overall : 50mm Diameter turning through 37 degrees with an internal radius of 110mm.
Both ends have a 16mm Diameter x 35mm Deep hole
How do you fix it to the handrail ?
Drill the end of the handrail (with a 16mm drill bit), then using a 16mm multi groove dowel, glue the rail to the pre-drilled bend. A small amount of sanding will be required to blend where they join.
How should you finish it ?
If looking for a natural finish, then a clear lacquer will be fine; or you can use a stain to achieve your desired colour then use a clear lacquer to finish it off.
Speak to your local paint retailer for more info.