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Custom Railing Connections in 10 steps.

October 20, 2010

I was working on a stair and discovered this nice procedural on creating custom railing connections.  I used it primarily for the end post conditions with the following results.

  

Source:
http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2010/09/custom-railing-connections-in-10-steps.html

Here are the steps, should we lose the link.  Much thanks to Luke Johnson of Australia for posting this.

  1. Create a 3D view with section box around the connection you would like to resolve
  2. Export this 3D view to a DWG file.
  3. Create a new Generic Model family.
  4. Import the 3D DWG.
  5. Using the context you have now imported, model the rest of the baluster / railing connection.  I recommend that you use Reference Lines and then create Sweeps using ‘Pick Lines’.
  6. After you have modeled the custom 3D geometry in the Generic Model family, create a Baluster Post family.
  7. Load the Generic Model family into the Baluster Post family.
  8. Load the Baluster Post family into the Project.
  9. Apply your new custom Baluster Post to the Start / Corner / End post of the Railing you are trying to correct.
  10. In the Baluster Post family, rotate and move the Generic Model family around until it is in the right place and reload into the Project.

Enjoy Carl

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