Qtr Sawn Red Oak Newel Posts

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Project by MOwood posted 10-16-2011 09:27 PM 4051 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The old volute hand rails were extremely wobbly so replaced them with new newel posts. The posts are made of quarter sawn red oak and the joints of the posts were put together with a locking miter. This was my first time working with a locking miter bit but I was very impressed with the results. Also due to the size of the newel posts I had to replace the first step risers. It was challenging but fun scarf bending the plywood. I quickly learned that scarf bending works much better with 1/2” ply over 1/4” ply. This was a long, difficult project but I learned a lot and I am very glad to have it done.

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 04:34 AM

Excellent results! I have come to the conclusion that stairs and chairs are two of the most difficult and most rewarding projects that a woodworker can tackle. I have done them both, and have to say congrats you did a great job.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 06:20 AM

Thanks pinto! It was definitely the hardest project I have done and I am planning to do a rocking chair next. I’m either a glutton or just like a challenge.

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