Do you have a half wall on you staircase like this that could use a little dressing up?
Newel posts like these are really easy to build and can be made from very inexpensive materials. In fact, I built this one out of scraps from the larger project.
I also added some pretty flowered woodworking appliques to the lantern portion on top.
You can see the details for this square woodworking rosette here >>
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- You can see step by step how I built this at NEWEL POST-100.
- Take a look at this other newel post I built NEWEL POST-101.
Incredible site. Question, what pieces were used to build that cap on the pony wall (half wall) on the stop of the stairs? Thanks for all the great advice and wisdom!!
Hey Doug, glad you like our site. You can see some of these materials on our DIY Projects & Inventory page.
The cap on the half wall is made up of:
1. Very top is 3/4″ thick mdf board
2. Edge molding on the edge of the 3/4″ mdf board
3. CM-005 below the cap
4. PM-010 or PM-008 (I forgot exactly which one) for the lower detail.
If you’re interested in how I made the newel post itself, you may be in luck. I just took a look at the installation photos I have for that and it looks like I could crank out a step by step post by tomorrow. Interested?
Definitely, thank you. The newel is amazing and I was trying to reverse engineer it starting with a 4×4 core??? But if you have photos and a step by step description I’d be obliged! Again, your blog is as in depth and detailed as your work. Amazing!
Hey Doug: that pattern is NEWEL POST-100, and I’ve started working on its main pattern page that includes the materials list.
With any luck I’ll hit publish late today. There should be enough info in the first post to get you started.
Here you go Doug, Part 1 of how to make NEWEL POST-100.
That should help you get started. Tomorrow I’ll post the first page of diy fireplace mantel, and then after that I’ll finish the newel post. Good luck. Ask if you have any questions.
Hello! The newel post is gorgeous. Nice work! I am actually interested in the “kick plate” portion that was added along the stair line. Can you tell me what material you added along the wall? How did you cut out the notches for the individual stairs? Thank you!
The stair part you are referring to is called a stringer, and I didn’t install that. In fact, I’ve never installed a stair stringer.
All I did was install a large baseboard on top of the existing stringer. There are lots of online tutorials on how to cut stringers, so that would be the best keyword to search with.
As to the baseboard, I made it from three parts:
1. 1/2″ thick MDF flat-stock that makes up the core of the baseboard.
2. A base cap on top of the flat-stock.
3. A 1/4-round base shoe.
And that’s all there is to it! Are you going to try your hand at making one like it?