2 1/2″ Wood Spindle


Our mid-size turned baluster, the 2 1/2″ is a balanced size that compliments porches large and small.  Use with our 4″ OR 6″ Porch Rail Systems.


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These 2 1/2″ wide wood porch spindles represent our “midsize” option. A very versatile size, they can used on small or large homes and porches alike with success.  This is our 2nd-best selling spindle, behind only the 3 1/2″ Porch Spindles.

Actual Width: 2 1/2″.  Specify length.  Turned portion is 15″ long, centered in the spindle.  Bottom notch option reduces length by 1/8″.

Use with either our 6″ or 4″ class Porch Rail Systems.

Spacing & Quantity: To meet the 4″ ball rule required by most building codes, space these spindles every 5 1/4″ On Center.  The smallest diameter of the turned portion is approx. 1 3/8″, so with a 5 1/4″ O.C. spacing, you’ll have a 3 7/8″ gap between them at the narrowest portion.  To determine quantity required, take your rail length in inches and divide by 5.25.

What length porch spindle should I choose?
Using our 4-piece Porch Rail System with a 2″ to 4″ toe space, the following heights will result:
20″ Porch Spindle: 29″ – 31″ (commonly used for historic and/or decorative railing)
26″ Porch Spindle: 35″ – 37″ (commonly used to meet the 36″ residential code)
32″ Porch Spindle: 41″ – 43″ (commonly used to meet the 42″ commercial code)

Using our 3-piece Porch Rail System with a 2″ to 4″ toe space, the following top rail heights will result:
20″ Porch Spindle: 26″ – 28″
26″ Porch Spindle: 32″ – 34″
32″ Porch Spindle: 38″ – 40″

PRIMING OPTION (recommended): Premium acrylic primer in flat white available as an option, which allows for immediate installation.  Expect some blemishes in the primer from shipping.  This is normal and will not affect the finished result when painted after installation.

Concerned about stair spindles and sloped bottom rail? Read this article: How To Cut Stair Spindles for Sloped Bottom Rail

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Our woodwork is stronger and longer lasting than woodwork produced by others.  Why?  Because we use better materials

Western Cedar is a great outdoor use wood that has been the standard throughout the US for many decades.  Usually when people say simply “cedar”, this is the wood they are referring to.  It is highly resistant to decay and very beautiful, and we use only CLEAR Western Cedar so there are NO KNOTS.  You simply cannot find a better grade of wood (because it doesn’t exist)!  This results in very beautiful, and very stable millwork.  Our Western Cedar consists of both Western Red and Incense cedars.

Mahogany is an excellent choice for those wanting a hardwood product.  It machines to a smoother finish than Cedar, and of course is stronger, denser, and harder which means it will hold up to abuse better than most other materials.  It is an exceptionally beautiful wood that can be either painted or stained with great success.  Most pieces are a dark reddish-brown color.  And it’s highly rated for natural rot resistance, making it a good choice for exterior as well as for interior applications.



Frequently Asked Questions:

How far apart should they be spaced to meet building codes?
To comply with the “4-inch ball rule”, use the following rule of thumb for 2 1/2″ spindles: every 5 1/4″ on center

How many spindles do I need?
Take the length of your rail (in inches) and divide by 5.25″. (round down for decimals)
Example: 10′ of rail, which is 120″.  Take 120 divided by 5 = 22.9.  So 22 spindles needed.

What height of spindle do I need?
See our Spindle Height Calculator.

How much does shipping cost?
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How do I cut spindles for the stairs using a Sloped Bottom Rail?
See article: How To Cut Stair Spindles for Sloped Bottom Rail

How long will my order take?
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How to install wood porch balusters and railing (video)

Still have questions?  Email us at [email protected] or call 888-459-9965 and we’ll be glad to help with your project.


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Our most popular stock design.  Revival reflects the influences often found in the architecture of the late Victorian era.

Although all of our stock designs are considered Victorian, this classic shape captures the essence of a robust Victorian front porch.

Particularly popular in the southeastern U.S., the Tuscan spindle design incorporates a more angular style found in architecture with Italianate influences.

Our Colonial spindle design features the simpler, straighter shape of the early Victorian era resulting in a very stately look for your porch.

See “PORCH INFORMATION” for installation, finishing, etc.

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