Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Landing Newel - Stair Handrailing Construction

A landing newel is placed next to or somewhere within the landing area. This newel can be located at the bottom, top or within the stairway landing area. It's not a common term used by stair builders. Most stair builders simply refer to a landing newel as a newel or newel post.

Landing newel posts come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. They also can be purchased in different types of wood. They can also be stained or painted. It's not uncommon to have a handrail system constructed from a hardwood like oak or cherry, with a lacquer or clear finish.

Stair Handrailing Construction Tip: In the picture above, the black arrow is pointing to a landing newel post at the end of the handrail. This location is critical to the structural strength of the entire handrailing.

Make sure that you don't remove any extra wood from the newel post, than necessary. I've seen finish carpenters over cut or improperly position a landing newel, only to have it fail in the future.

Make sure that you spend enough time properly planning the location and cuts, of your landing newel's.


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