Archive for January 2nd, 2013

These maple newels posts were made for a customer in Michigan.  The base on these is eight inches wide by 44″ high (not including the newel cap).  As such, in maple, they weigh in at about 65 pounds.   You might not be able to tell but the newels are in soft maple (slightly paler) but the newel caps are made from hard maple (a little browner).  The grain pattern is very similar.  The reason for the difference was because my normal suppliers were out of hard maple.  My customer agreed to the switch.  After staining the difference will disappear.  These particular caps are flat as you can see on top (required by the contractor).  Normally I have little bit of detail on the top of the cap.  The caps will miter into a 6210 handrail.

maple newel posts

maple newel posts

Recently a contractor contacted us about replicating an old newel.  We’ve seen similar styles from the turn of the last century and before.  Apparently this particular style was popular in the 1800’s.  This newel post has an octagon base and an octagon detail above the base.   The original is in mahogany but the builder has decided to paint this one for a new home that is currently in process.  The old newel was a good bit shorter than the one rendered here.  Modern building codes require higher rail heights than those of a century back.  We have not turned this one yet but the builder has approved the rendering.  The newel cap is missing and will eventually match the handrail profile.

By the way the drawing was created in a CAD program, imported into Sketchup and rendered in a Maxwell rendering plugin designed for Sketchup.

 

Octagon newel

Octagon newel

Rendered Octagon Newel

Rendered Octagon Newel

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These are exterior balusters that we turned for a customer to replace the other existing balusters that had rotted.   As you can see the white baluster was the original that we duplicated.  They measure 2 1/2″ wide at the squares by 32″ tall.   The wood used for the project was Spanish Cedar, an excellent species that resists rot and insect damage.

exterior balusters

exterior balusters

These are solid cypress columns we made for a local contractor. The rough lumber was delivered 12″ X 12″ X 10′. The final width was 10 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ X 99″. As such, we had to secure someone with a logging mill to bring them down to the near final thickness. They were quite heavy because of their size and the fact there there was still significant water in them (they were not sufficiently dry when we got them) We cut them to length with a combination of circular saw and chain saw. The images show our progression of bring them from square to finished turning and sanding. In the end there was significant checking due to the drying. As we turned deeper and deeper into the cypress wet wood was exposed and quickly began to dry causing the checking.

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Pictured below is a set of newels crafted for a customer in Tennessee. The larger red oak newels, from our N108 style, are over-the-post newels and require the caps pictured as well to top off the newels. The “caps” or newel caps connect to the handrail and/or handrail fitting to make a continuos rail line “over the post” hence the name. The red oak newels will be installed in the home’s main front stairway. The poplar 5 1/2″ newel will be installed in the rear of the home as a secondary staircase. These will be painted. You may notice that the style of the poplar newel post is similar to a bell on top another bell. We call these double bells. This style can be seen in many homes in the New Orleans area

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newel caps

Large Newels

Large Newels