Baluster Projector

Baluster Projector: A baluster projector is a great tool for accurately measuring baluster lengths and laying out their locations on the handrail.

I made mine from about $10 worth of copper pipe and assorted fittings.

I drill a 5/16-inch-diameter hole through the reducer and tubing, grind the area flat around the hole, and then solder a 1/4-inch brass nut in place so that it is centered over the hole. This nut receives a 1/4-inch-diameter wing screw for locking the upper, extendable pipe in place.

To increase its versatility, I designed the ends of the projector to accept interchangeable fittings.

To project plumb points from the floor layout to the handrail, I use pointed tops and bottoms.

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