Category Archives: Iron Stair

Simple Way to Bend Wrought Iron Stair Rail

Stair rail is a necessary if you have stairs in or out your house. There are various kinds of stair rails both in domestic and international markets, like wrought iron stair rail. The stair rails are made of different materials and have different designs. Wrought iron stair rail, different from cast iron, it can be bent after it has cooled. Considerable force or power should be required if you decide to bend a wrought iron stair rail. To bend the wrought iron stair rail, you are advised to wear a pair of welding gloves to avoid some injuries. You also need to prepare tinted goggles, wolf-jaw tongs, blow torch, former, hammer and so forth.

Sufficient heat is required when bending the stair rail. Well, you are advised to heat long sections of stair rails in an outdoor fire. Are you looking for CNC Machining service in Adelaide you can contact Attard Engineering. You should reheat it if the iron cools down before you have finished bending. Wear a leather apron if you are bending more than a single, small piece of railing. A traditional blacksmith’s leather apron affords good protection for the front of your body.

You should know how to treat burns in case of  the unexpected injuries. You are advised to keep a first-aid kit nearby. When heating, the surface of wrought iron may spit and you should wear the protective goggles. And cover the wrought iron with paints and rush inhibitors.

First of all, use a pen or pencil to mark the center of the bend on railing. Make your mark visible and mark the ends of the section to bend if required.  Grip both ends of the railing, just outside the area to be bent with wolf-jaw tongs. Align them so that they can be held comfortably when bending the railing.

Third, heat the center of the rail area and slowly expand the heated section until the entire bend area is glowing a yellow-orange color.

Fourth, turn off the heat source and start to bend the railing. For a freehand bend, simply apply force to the tongs and twist the metal into the desired shape. Drape the hot iron over a former to obtain a specific curve. Apply more heat whenever the iron begins to resist and then continue with the shaping. Before banding it, you should allow the iron to cool naturally.