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Phase 2: Making the Inner Post

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2. After flush-sanding the joints on the two panel assemblies, I slid them over the column and nailed them in place, starting with the tapered section.

A Contemporary Box Newel Post

Making the inner post

A Contemporary Box Newel Post

Making the inner post

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    1. Next I made the column that would reinforce the panel assemblies. I used 34-inch plywood and sized the column to fit snugly  keeping in mind that, because the plywood panels extend 38 inch past the inside of their frames, the overall clearance inside the upper assembly was reduced by 34 inch.

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    1. Next I made the column that would reinforce the panel assemblies. I used 34-inch plywood and sized the column to fit snugly keeping in mind that, because the plywood panels extend 38 inch past the inside of their frames, the overall clearance inside the upper assembly was reduced by 34 inch.

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    Next I made the column that would reinforce the panel assemblies. I used 3/4-inch plywood and sized the column to fit snugly — keeping in mind that, because the plywood panels extend 3/8 inch past the inside of their frames, the overall clearance inside the upper assembly was reduced by 3/4 inch.

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    2. After flush-sanding the joints on the two panel assemblies, I slid them over the column and nailed them in place, starting with the tapered section.

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    2. After flush-sanding the joints on the two panel assemblies, I slid them over the column and nailed them in place, starting with the tapered section.

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    After flush-sanding the joints on the two panel assemblies, I slid them over the column and nailed them in place, starting with the tapered section.

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    3. I used the story pole to make sure the top paneled section would end up flush with the top of the inner column.

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    3. I used the story pole to make sure the top paneled section would end up flush with the top of the inner column.

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    I used the story pole to make sure the top paneled section would end up flush with the top of the inner column.

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    4. At the bottom, before nailing off the base of the tapered panels, I built out the column with plywood fillers.

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    4. At the bottom, before nailing off the base of the tapered panels, I built out the column with plywood fillers.

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    At the bottom, before nailing off the base of the tapered panels, I built out the column with plywood fillers.

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    5. The fillers will provide backing for the base detail once the newel post is in place, and are positioned so that the base will align with the bottom of the tapered section above.

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    5. The fillers will provide backing for the base detail once the newel post is in place, and are positioned so that the base will align with the bottom of the tapered section above.

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    The fillers will provide backing for the base detail once the newel post is in place, and are positioned so that the base will align with the bottom of the tapered section above.

I made an inner box post to reinforce the frame-and-panel assembly and to create a structural core the could be fastened to blocking on the floor and on the first stair riser for sturdy connections. In the accompanying slideshow, you'll see how I:

  • Joined strips of 3/4-inch plywood to fashion the inner column
  • Fastened the straight and tapered frame-and-panel assemblies to the inner post
  • Added fillers and backing at the bottom of the inner post to prepare for structural attachments and the decorative frame-and-panel base