To allow plenty of room for step-by-step photographs, we are running this article in two parts; the second part will appear next month. In this installment, the author shows how he lays out balusters, installs the landing newel, and accurately positions the railing and volute. In Part Two, he will explain how to make a gooseneck from stock fittings when the manufactured gooseneck doesn't fit, and how to fit and install the volute newel and balusters. — The Editors

Over-the-post railings run continuously, starting at the bottom tread and stopping at the wall at the end of the landing on the floor above. The rail passes over pin-top newels so that your hand can run the full length without hitting a newel post.

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