Phase 4: Installing the Newel Post
The final phase involved fastening the newel post in place and adding the decorative frame-and-panel base to conceal the structural connections. In the accompanying slideshow you'll see how I:
- Set blocking and cleats on the floor and first stair riser to provide adequate structural support for fastening the newel post in place
- Fastened the base of the newel so that it won't budge
- Finished the base of the newel post with panels and chamfered trim
Gary Striegler is a builder in Springdale, Ark.