Newel Post Diy
So I’ve spent the last 3 weeks trying to build a newel post. I used 1/2″ MDF for the base and 1/4″ MDF for the recessed panel look. I tried my best to cut my pieces with a clamp down fence and a battery operated circular saw but ran into quite a few issues.
We snagged this baby on sale at Sears and I spent an entire afternoon reading the manual and assembling it. I have never used a table saw before but I was determined to figure it out. This baby came with all the bells and whistles and a ton of safety features too. I also opted for the portability of a contractor grade saw on wheels so that I can move it from the garage to the driveway to the backyard without any assistance. Once it was assembled, it took me only 5 minutes to rip the four pieces needed to build the base of the newel post.
I used my Kreg Jig to assemble the box.
I plan on using the existing newel post as the base to attach the new post so this box will essentially fit over it like a sleeve. I could not figure a way to attach the new post to the stair stringer so I figured why reinvent the wheel?
Using my new best friend, I ripped a sheet of 1/4″ MDF into 2 1/4 ” wide strips to create the look of recessed paneling on the newel post.
I used 1″ brads and wood glue to attach to the base.
I then ripped 11″ long pieces to wrap around the base of the entire post.
I also mitered the corners so the profie would match up on each side.
I used the tape to keep the pieces lined up perfectly while I secured each piece. I filled every nail hole and every butt joint with spackle and then gave the whole thing a good sanding.
In the photo above it kind of looks like the post has chicken pox. At least thats what I looked like when I had them. Brown with white spots of Calamine lotion all over my body. 🙂
Next I primed the entire box making sure to fully cover the cut edges. MDF sucks up paint and primer so you want to make sure you feed it enough primer that it wont overindulge on all of your paint.
I took the post to the garage to make the cut for the stair and to give the primer a light sanding so that the final coats will be silky smooth.
I used my old jigsaw that I got practically free at that estate sale back in February. I hauled the post back into the house to see how it fit.
Let me take a moment to tell you that while MDF is extremely affordable, it is pretty heavy. This post weighs roughly 40lbs and I used 1/2″ MDF instead of the usual 3/4″ MDF. So imagine how heavy it would be with the latter.
So this is where things stand at the time of publishing. I still need to re-trim out the base of the post to hide the cut.
I know I originally had my heart set on using Iron Balusters but Im not sure anymore. I love love love the look of a craftsmans style home. I love the millwork and all of the white. I also like the contrast of the white and the wood tones.
I’m just not sure if it fits the rest of my house. So what do you think?
Or Modern Colonial style?
The cost between the two are about the same for the small number of stairs that I have. If I go Craftsman style, I will build the balusters using Poplar 2 x 2’s.
So what do you think. I want your opinion and votes.
FYI, Today was my first time posting from IPad. Hopefully it works.