the notch had to be made deeper on one side of the newel than the other. Take careful measure- ments and be prepared for such inconveniences during your own installation. The newels from L.J. Smith are constructed from 1x solid cherry and built with a hollow center that fastens over a wooden mounting block. Before fastening in place, we dry-fit the newel, measured carefully, made necessary adjust- ments, then marked all the impor- tant rail-connection locations on the newel using painter’s tape. Marking the posts provides a handy visual guide for assembly and helps to organize the job so you don’t forget any crucial steps or misalign the components. You’ll need to dry-fit both the starting newel and landing newel at the same time to ensure the
Use a jigsaw to avoid over-cutting when making the notch in a newel. The hollow newel base will install over a mounting block and filler blocking. Fasten the blocking to the floor with screws and construction glue, then apply the adhesive to all points of contact with the newel.