Using Cable Railing with Wood Framed Railing

Cable Rail

These drawings illustrate some of the ways our cable railing hardware is used in wood end and corner posts. A minimum of a nominal 4 × 4 (3-1/2″ × 3-1/2″ actual) is recommended for any post where cable railing hardware is mounted. Cables should be spaced on end posts on centers of no more than 3.125″, and the cable should be supported in some fashion no more than every 48″ along the cable run.

Cables can be cut and fittings swaged in the field using our Swaging Equipment – available for rent or purchase.

With some hardware, the cable can be cut to customer provided lengths and the fittings swaged on at the factory thus providing ready to install hardware.

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Cable Rail

The Invisiware® Receiver, Radius Ferrule and Clip-On Stop may be used with wooden end posts. We recommend one of these ways to accomplish this. Surface Mount: Drill a hole in the post to accept the selected fitting such that the head sits on the outside of the post. Counter Bore: Drill a counter bored hole to accept the appropriate fitting such that the head lies below the face of the post.

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Stainless Steel Washers are required. They are supplied with the Clip-On Stop but are to be purchased separately for the Invisiware® Receiver and Radius Ferrule.



Cable RailCable RailUse our drill guide to locate and drill the pilot holes necessary for your subsequent holes and counter bores. Simply clamp to post and drill. It is best to drill one side and then the other. When ordering, allow space for clamps. 6″ overall length drill included that may be used to drill your Cable through-holes. Request a drill guide form from by contacting Wagner.

Note: ACQ pressure treated lumber is now being used in many parts of the country. Use only stainless steel or galvanized hardware with ACQ treated lumber.



The post protector tube is inserted into a wood post where the Cable enters/exits the post at an angle to keep the cable from biting into the wood.

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1 comment

  • I am a huge fan of the look of cable railing. I love the modern look of the cables instead of bulky, wood panels. I can see why more and more people are adopting this style, because it looks easy to maintain as well. I really appreciate the tutorial on how to install these.

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