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Carpentry: Installing Newel Posts

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Setting up a newel post can be a complicated woodworking job. A newel post is the primary support of a handrail for stairways or landing. They are attached at the bottom where they have to be attached to the wall or stair.

To bore out the holes in the base of the post for the lag bolts, you may use a countersinking bit . You need to drill through the base of the post for the shank, and another larger hole big enough for the lag bolt’s head to fit. The head will stop at the depth the larger diameter stops. You will thread the lag bolt through the appropriate washer. You should have at least two lag bolts installed through the base, one high and one low. This will prevent movement as these posts can be under considerable force. You can see in the picture there are three lag bolts installed in the post’s base.

To cover up the holes, you can use plugs. You can buy generic plugs or you can buy a plug cutting bit and cut your own. If you cut your own plugs, try to orient the grain so that it matches with the surrounding wood so that the plugs virtually disappear.

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