DIY: Deck Envy

A cable rail system combined with stainless steel top tube and hand rails polish off this composite deck project. Stokes Home Improvement crafted this custom project for homeowners in Walnut Creek, CA.

Stainless Tube Rail

Stainless Tube and Cable Rail on Composite Deck. Photo Courtesy of Stokes Home Improvement.

Because the custom design called for some extra-long pieces of stainless steel tube, the team at Stokes had to launch an extensive online shopping hunt to find the right stock. Their search landed them at OnlineMetals, where the design team was able to find just what they needed (lucky for us – we love it when fate brings us together with talented folks)!
Stainless Tube and Cable Rail
DIY HOW: To get this designer look, follow the methods of Stokes Home Improvement to add visual weight and security to a standard cable rail system.

  1. Top Rail Materials: Stainless 2″ X 0.083″ X 1.834″ T-316/316L welded tube
  2. Cut Tube:  Measure to desired lengths, or order pre-cut from
  3. Sand and Polish Tubing: Stokes used a lathe and hand sanding, ending with the finest grit of 2000.
  4. Attach Tubes: Fit tubes into flange and attach to vertical posts.


Stainless Tube and Cable Rail project in progress.

PRO TIP: Depending on the size of your deck and railing, the stainless tube selection could be made thicker or thinner, for the right visual and structural balance in your project.
Also, for wet environments or safety applications, a “Rigi-Grip” pattern of tubing is also available for rail segments that are meant to be extra secure.

Rigi-Grip Stainless Tube for hand-rails.