Mortised Post and Rail Systems along with Notched Post and Rail
Systems are two of American Timber and Steel’s biggest specialties.
These post and rail systems look great lining commercial parking lots,
along driveways, parks, and condominium complexes.
While we manufacture some standard post
and rail systems displayed in our catalog,
we can manufacture your systems to
nearly any design that can be imagined.
All we need is some basic specifications
First, choose your wood. We use Southern Yellow Pine
in our Standard Posts and Rails to give you a very
strong system which will last for decades. Southern
Yellow Pine also accepts the treating chemicals deep
into the wood. But nearly any other species is available
including Red Pine, Western Red Cedar, White Oak,
Douglas Fir or others.
Second, choose your system, mortised or notched. The
mortised system has the rail going through the center
of the post without any necessary fasteners. The notched
system has a section cut out from one side of the post
to allow the rail to be attached with carriage bolts.
Third, choose a post top design. Decide whether you
would like your post top flat, roofed, pyramid,
Gothic, slanted, or design your own. Your
imagination is the limit.
Fourth, choose the size
of your posts and rail.
The posts can be from
12x12 and the
rails can be
you with larger sizes upon request.
Now, feel free to customize your posts and rails with
routs, grooves or chamfers. When that’s complete,
decide weather you want a smooth (S4S) finish or a
Rough Sawn finish.
Finally, decide on the treatment. ACQ is the
environmentally friendly solution, or, choose economical
CCA for these guide rail systems. These waterborne
treatments work great for the softwood
species, but if you choose hardwoods,
ask about our Creosote and
Pentachlorophenol options. Please
see page 38 and 39 for more
information on these treatments.
So choose one of our standard systems
or design your own. Either way, American
Timber and Steel will send you a solid, strong, great looking
post and rail system that will provide the safety and aesthetics
you will be proud of for years.
Call our timber experts today for all of your guide rail needs.