23 August 2011
How We Built Our Custom Newel Posts Tutorial by me
Most recent picture like 2 exactly minutes ago!...still not done but really getting there...
For the rest of the story, check out these posts too: The Plan, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6
Okay guys, as you know (or I hope you do) we love to amp up the style in our home with architectural elements. So, when it comes to our stair project the newel posts were a really important feature. I wanted big and chunky- no skinny "model sized" newel posts for me- give me some meat!
I know I haven't shown you the final... I am still working on finishing caulk and extra coats of paint, but we were asked a while back on how we built our newel posts. I passed the job on by asking my handy hubby to make a tutorial up for you all! He broke the project down into 10 simple images to show you the steps he took to accomplished the look that we wanted -simple, yet elegant. Now this may or may not be the "correct" and "proper" way to build a newel post, but it worked for us and they are super solid and easy to make happen.. so there you go!
Feel free to use our ideas and make a beautiful version of your own, ***all I ask is that you please link back to this tutorial if you blog about it AND I wanna see what you do, so please just be sure to submit them to be featured! Please let us know how yours turn out. We would love to share it with everyone.
On to the -uh- quasi tutorial!
Tools I used for this project:
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
- Circular Saw
- Orbital Sander
- Nail Gun
- Calking Gun
- Wood Glue
- Don't use pressure treated 4x4's for the core- whoops! We thought we would save $10 by buying it, but regret using it. They shrank and twisted. Justin was able to work around it but it took a lot of thought and patience. That is one reason that I used the spacers, but mine were all different sizes to make the shell of it all be centered and square.
- Don't wait too lang to install your new newel posts. They add so much to the end of the stairs and are great to look at rather than what we looked at for 2 years!
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