Hand Rails (Part III)
Start with a 3 year old white oak log. Drag to sawmill with back hoe. Saw off the rotten sap wood. Mill a 24 foot 4x8 timber and a few 24 foot 3x6's timber on a 21 foot saw mill. (tricky) 4x8 too heavy. Use 3x6. Carry to house site with backhoe. Plane. Evict some interesting worms. Treat with boric acid. Drill 53 holes in rail. Lag and and bolt to existing timber frame and chimney. Hide anchor bolts and lag bolts with sawed off pegs. (Sorry for the cheat, the rest of house is held together with about 1,000 real wooden pegs.) Drill 53 holes in floor. Install balusters. Wait for wood to season before sanding and polyurethaning.