(posted this on diy.stackexchange but it was suggested I try here)
I have an old staircase with winders, so if I want 32 inches between handrail and nose of stairs, I'm going to have to cut some angles.
If the overall run of the handrails is going to be about 180 inches, and I'm cutting a 17 degree miter about 40 inches from the top, how would you securely join the two pieces? Options I've considered:
- wood glue and finishing nails. I've done this for the returns, but one doesn't expect a lot of load on the returns, right?
- some kind of rail bolt, like this one
- dowels, though I'm nervous about getting close alignment on a mitered join.
Here's a picture of what I'd like the finished handrail to look like. the joint in question is towards the end where the walls meet: