Cutting Newel Post

12 Mar 2011
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Currently renovating a room and want to change the banister that is along the top. There are two posts currently there that are deep into the structure of the stairs. These need to come out so i can replace with proper spindles.

Is it as simple as cutting the current posts level with the floor and using a newel post with a large dowel in the bottom, cut the hole in the base of the current post that is now cut floor level and then putting into place?

Something like

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you leave the stub in to accept the dowel
the amount you leave in depends on the system you choose
My only issue so far now is that the current newel post is 75mm, much smaller than current ones so to get a new post in the correct place may have problems connecting it to the surface what would be left over from the current newel post.

My plan was to cut the existing newel post to floor level, get a new post such as

Then connect it to the floor level old newel post.

Would I still need a dowel hole cutting if I was to use a kit like

After looking around on the net a good system that seems to work easy and well is a key lock fastener. I think this system would be easier to work with what I currently have.

What do you think?

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to be honest you are taking a weak compromise [stub and dowel] and going for a weaker solution relying on a single bolt in a metal plate screwed to the floor
better to glue equal amounts to each side off the post and perhaps a double sized bit on the end face to make up the size then use the large dowel

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