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A No-Fuss Newel Post

A frame-and-panel box, dressed up with molding, creates an elegant anchor for a stairway

Every staircase has a newel post. Why not use it to add detail to your house? This frame-and-panel design is made from 1-in. oak frames backed with oak plywood, assembled with butt joints, and dressed up with stock moldings and a built-up cap. The nice thing about a hollow and square newel is how easy it is to install.

From Fine Homebuilding176 , pp. 75-79