How to Install a Cable Railing | Ask This Old House

6January 2020


Drill []
Reciprocating saw []
Measuring tape []
Miter saw []
Scribe []
Oscillating saw []
Hand saw []
Chisel []
Palm sander []
Router []
Mortising tool []
Framing square []
Rubber mallet []
Caulking gun []
Wrench []
Wire cutters []

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Cable railing system []
Newel post cover []
Newel post []
80-100-120 grit sandpaper []
5/4” poplar []
Floating tenons []
Wood glue []
Wood screws []
Construction adhesive []

The poplar newel post that slips over an existing newel post and the other wood hand rail sections were fabricated by a local mill shop in Utah.

The cable railing system was manufactured by Feeney [].

Other tools and materials for this project, including wood glue and construction adhesive are available at home centers.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Woodcraft (

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