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Ken Reis is a stair carpenter and interior millwork sales manager for Mid Cape Home Centers. He lives in Brewster, Mass.
A veteran stair builder explains how he built a unique newel and railing system on site from stock parts.
Shims and adhesive lock the parts together into a squeak-free unit.
This carpenter-friendly design eliminates most of the nail holes.
Correctly installed over-the-post handrails look great, but there's nothing worse than a botched job. A veteran installer describes the cutting and layout tips that help him create tight joints and smooth curves every time.