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First let me define a newel post for those of you that are not familiar with the terminology. A newel post is the oversized spindle at the end of most handrails. You can see it in the picture below.

There is one newel post at the bottom of the steps in front of the entry door and another at the top of the stairs where the railing turns from coming up hill to go 90 degrees on the horizontal .... to guard the hole into the basement. This is the norm. Newel posts are used typically at every corner in a railing.

It is the newel post's job to give strength and stability to every handrail, thus it becomes critically important that it gets installed correctly and security or the railing will not be able to function as a "safety guard".

colonial handrailing and newel posts for interior railings
colonial newel posts and balusters for interior railings

#3011 Colonial Newel Posts: 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 48"

colonial oak newel postNewel posts made out of hardwoods, typically oak or maple must be a minimum of 3" square to meet the Ontario Building Code. We make our posts 3 1/4" square to add a little better appearance and proportion to the installation.

Each post is 48" long and this will serve MOST applications and in fact leave you with 5-6" on the bottom of the square to drop BELOW the floor for attachment to the joist below. (The best most secure installation method)

In some installation methods the extra 5-6" is cut off and threaded rods are used for installation. That can work but has challenges. In fact installing the newel post correctly is THE challenge of any handrail installation.

Where a post is going to be dropped to the floor at the last step (see picture above, of the newel post in front of door at the lower level) you will probably need a longer version of the same post (see below).

Wood Species Available: Red Oak & Maple ( 3.5" in White Pine)

#3012 Colonial Newel Posts: 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 55 "

These colonial newel posts are identical to the ones above but they are 55" long. They are for use in any application where you need a few extra inches of length to create a solid installation. The extra length is added to the square base at the bottom of the newel post.

Wood Species Available: Red Oak & Maple

#3015 Colonial Half Newel Post: 3 1/4" x 1 5/8 " x 43 "

half newel postThese half posts are identical to the standard newels above but have been cut in half for wall mounting.

You can just run your handrail into the wall with no half newel, but a half post makes the installation more secure and easier.

You can use construction adhesive to glue the half post to the wall. Reinforce this installation with a few long screws into the studding behind the drywall and then attach the handrail to the half post and it'll never move.

Since they don't have to go through the floor for installation reasons, half newels are typically shorter than the traditional 48" normal for a full newel.

Wood Species Available: Red Oak & Maple





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