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stain grade vs finger joint handrails?

Laura Howard
last month

Contractor installed finger joint maple handrails instead of clear solid maple rails. Rails are not being painted, just finished with poly. I’m not loving seeing the finger joint and sections of wood. Contractor says that the finer jointed rails are much sturdier and won’t warp like solid rails. I live in Vermont so heating and weather is a factor to consider. I am thinking of changing out the rails to solid clear stain grade. What are your thoughts?
Thank you!

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