3 1/2″ wide porch spindles are far and away our best selling option. Their robust size and curvy look will be the centerpiece of your porch balustrade, and your neighborhood for that matter. Appropriate for even the largest of homes, they also look great on mid-size and even smaller porches.
These wood front porch spindles are available in Clear Western Cedar or Mahogany. Turned portion is 15″ long, centered in the spindle. Bottom notch option reduces length by 1/8″.
Spacing & Quantity: To meet the 4″ ball rule required by most building codes, space these spindles according to the following On Center spacing:
Revival: 5 1/2″ O.C.
Victorian: 5 3/4″ O.C.
Tuscan: 5 3/4″ O.C.
Rampart: 5 15/16″ O.C.
Classic: 6″ O.C.
Using the above spacing, you’ll have a 3 7/8″ gap between them at the narrowest portion.
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″
Also available in Polyurethane, a synthetic material.
PRIMING OPTION (recommended): Premium acrylic primer in flat white available as an option, which allows for immediate installation. Our primer is applied in a light and proper manner. We do not apply our primer too heavy; we apply it correctly. It is normal to see wood grain through the primer after application. If you would like a thicker application, this can be achieved by using additional light coats of your paint. 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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For ProsDownload Product Drawings:
- American Porch Wood Balustrade Specifications (.doc)
- Wood Balustrade Structural Testing (PDF)
- 3.5 Inch Spindle Drawings (PDF)
- Wood Balustrade Install Instructions (PDF)
- How To Cut Stair Spindles for Sloped Bottom Rail (PDF)