This set of maple reproduction newels were ordered by a stair contractor Kelley Pinson in Sunny California. They were modeled after our N115 reproduction newels on our newel page. I don’t always get pictures of the finished product but Kelley graciously sent a few images. The sizes ordered were the 3 1/2’s and 5 1/2’s. He supplied the iron balusters and as you can see from the photos below did an exception job. If you are in California and in need of a stair contractor please look him up. He can be found through his web site: K. Pinson Stairs.
The Newel Caps pictured below will top the N108 also pictured below. The set of newels went to a customer in the Chicago area. He wanted something with a little extra on top the newels. I’ve only done this once before, I think. So the newel cap is cut with a pie shape cut (birds mouth) and attached to the handrail fitting and or handrail. See Newel cap installation for more information on doing this. The ball is then attached after installation with a pre drilled 3/4″ hole for a 3/4″ dowel.
The Hard Maple Newels pictured below went to a home in Tennessee. It is somewhat unusual to use the larger version (N108 – 7 inches wide) of this newel throughout the stairway. Most of my customers will use this newel as a starter and the 5 1/2″ N107 on landings and balconies.
The Newel caps below follow the 6210 handrail profile. They will be notched to attach to the handrail fittings. See newel cap installation for more information on how to do this.
These lighthouse newels went to a new home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts recently. The lighthouse newels have been chiefly popular in coastal areas (Key West FL, Coastal North Carolina, the Gulf Coast Of Mississippi, etc). The 54″ high 7″ wide newel is the starter. The handrail “copes” into the shaft of the newel just below the second set of rings. The smaller 5 1/2″ X 44″ newels are for landings and balconies. These over-the-post newels are poplar and will be painted.
By the way, we do have a 5 1/2′ version now that is an over-the-post version. It looks more like the larger post top without, however, the ball at the top.
One of my customers was kind enough to send a progress picture of her project. The tapered balusters were mentioned in an earlier post when we were finalizing the baluster design. Their home in Wisconsin is a three story home and, as such, required 250 of these 1 3/4″ wide soft maple balusters. Most of the newels were box newels as seen below. We made the starter newel (not seen here).
It is Gratifying to see one of my newels and a set of balusters displayed on the Houzz Site. The balusters if I recall are 3″ wide with a 1″ pin top. The N108 newel measures 7″ wide at the base. All is poplar. The rail and cap are the 6210 handrail profile , I believe. Quite a nice look.
I’ve been working on a new lighthouse newel to possibly put into production. We’ve been making the old lighthouse newel for sometime and it’s had decent popularity especially for homes that are on the the coast. This particular lighthouse newel was inspired by a recent trip to Destin, Florida. We were eating out on the harbor mall and noticed the adjacent building had a lighthouse built on top of it. I especially liked the coping between the taper and the base and thought maybe I could reproduce the essence of the lighthouse. Below are models and renderings of a few different iterations of the lighthouse.
I designed it with a 7″ octagonal base but a round base is equally possible. In the first model I have the base going all the way to the floor. The second model (which I prefer) attaches to the wider first tread which also wraps around the stringer. A turnout on the handrail would be really nice I think and more elegant.
The balusters are 2 1/4″ at the base and taper to a one inch pin.
The are balusters that will be reproduced to match an existing picture sent by a customer. They are similar in style to some iron balusters I’ve seen. These, however, are 2 inches in diameter (wider than most iron balusters).
I seldom get the chance to make balusters that have pins on top and bottom. I’ve only made one or two sets since we’ve been in business. The pins on these are one inch as opposed to the more typical 3/4″ pins. The customer said he wanted a beefier style. They measure 31 inches high for a 36″ high handrail. The closed stringer stairway knee wall rises 4 inches above the tread.
This is a model of a tapered octagon newel I made as a possibility of a newel I will offer for sale in the future. This one measures 7″ wide at the base X 44″ high to just below the cap. The top is 4″ wide (flat to flat). The tapered balusters are 2 1/4″ in diameter at the base tapering to a one inch pin. I at one time made pencil post beds and I think that profile has had a lasting impact on my brain. The pencil post octagon terminated in a “lambs tongue” as on the second rendering. This octagon on the first newel’s taper simply curls out.
Other octagon newels that I made recently for a customer in Connecticut have a turned profile between the base and taper. You can see them here: large tapered octagon newels
I love when customer send pictures of their finished staircase. The barley twisted balusters shown below were added to a stairway of a customer of mine. She really wanted as much barley twist showing as possible. As such, the square bases are short and besides the twist there is no other ornamentation. She needed pin top balusters with a 5/8″ pin to match the existing holes in the handrail. So that is what we produced. She has a website displaying her really fine art work. Check it out: http://sandrahendler.com