Levelling of the top of a newel post

9 Feb 2007
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Hi i recently moved into a house and couldn't get anything up the stairs due to a newel post and bannister rail. I had to literally saw the newel post and removed all the bannister rail and spindles. I'm now left with half a newel that will look akay once I can Level the top of it. I can't remove it as it's part of the stairs and a big job. Obviously sawing a vertical piece of wood meant it wasn't a straight cut. I want to put a newel cap on the top of the newel post. How can i level the top of the post???? I've tried planing and sanding, keep getting one side level etc, gonna end up with no post soon lol. Any ideas??
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If you are not very adept at sawing, then the easiest way for you to tackle this is as follows :-

Use a "square" to mark a horizontal line on one face, continue with the other 3 faces, when you have finished the lines should meet !!

Gently saw along one of the lines, only about 1 m/m deep, do this on the other 3 faces. Now continue sawing each face, a little at a time, watching that the saw follows the side cuts.

This will take you a while, but you will get there eventually.....Good Luck.
Can i not just square it off and sand it down ?? With an extra coarse sand paper?
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Yes you can, and what will happen as you sand to the line is the middle will be high !!!!

If you wish to do this, I would then drill out the centre to leave an edge about 12.0 m/m all the way round, which will be much easier to flatten.

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