Shaping of the handrail for the curved portion of the upstairs balcony was begun last week. This is the area where it will go:
A template was cut from a thin sheet of fiberboard, using the floor of the upper balcony as a tracing. After cutting the shape, vertical forms were screwed to the floor, guided by the edge of the template.
In high stress areas of the shape, angle braces were added, also attached to the floor with screws.
The handrail is fashioned from multiple thin wood strips laminated with a special glue.
When the glue is applied and still wet, it allows the strips to slide against each other without breaking while the handrail is being bent and contoured into the desired shape.
Once the desired shape is achieved, the handrail is clamped to the vertical forms and left to dry.
After a week, the handrail was unclamped and installed.