How to remove spindles from a cut string



There are many reasons why people choose to remove or replace staircase parts. It could be for a redesign, as part of a staircase renovation or because individual parts have become damaged due to general wear and tear. 


But how do you remove them safely? 


If your spindles have been attached to the cut string and you want to remove them, keep reading for an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.

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Removing spindles tennoned into a cut string

Square tenon and dovetail spindles

Often, spindles are tenoned into the tread to keep them secure and enhance the design.

Removal of the return nosing with a thin blade stripping or chisel knife will reveal the spindle extending into the tread. The return nosing may have been glued in place as well as pinned, so you will need to be careful when you remove it if you are planning on re-using it. 

 If your aim is to replace your staircase parts, you can shop our range of spindles today. Go for a similar design to maintain your current aesthetic or opt for something more modern to make a statement. 

 If it is stubborn, gently prise apart using a thin, wide blade. Follow by inserting a second thin, wide blade. A third blade or chisel can be tapped between these giving protection to the tread and return nosing.

The spindles are usually nailed into place and can be removed by tapping the rear with a hammer. Take care when using the hammer to avoid damaging the tread or string, especially if you’re not planning on replacing those parts.

You may find that the spindles have been glued into place and require a little more persuasion to remove. Cutting the spindle will enable you to lever it out. Be careful not to damage the tread or string. Use the hammer to gently tap it from behind whilst levering.

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Wonkee Donkee has been designing and supplying staircase parts for years with the aim of making removals and replacements as easy as possible. 


Shop staircase parts today and say goodbye to damaged and dated-looking staircases. 


If you have any further questions on how to remove spindles from a cut string, or about our range of staircase parts, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. 

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