How to fit a newel post

Here is a quick run through on how to fit the newel post on your staircase, all posts have been dry fitted by us before the staircase leaves our workshop. The video below will show you the fitting process along with a few images, click images to enlarge.

Step #1

All newel posts which hit the floor will have 'ffl' (Finished Floor Level) marked on them. This is where your floor level should be, if your posts are sitting straight on the floor we can cut them off at this point. Follow this procedure on all newels which go to the floor. Now onto the next step - fitting the posts.

Step #2

The posts have all been dry fitted in our workshop, providing you have them in the correct place they'll go straight on! Each newel post is labled by a letter which corresponds to the CAD drawing. Dry fit the post, once you are happy the newel fits perfectly apply glue to the mortice slot and tread housing.

The dowels can now be used to secure the newel, please be aware the dowel holes will not line up horizontally, they are purposely offset allowing the dowel to pull the post tight up to the tenon sholder (you will need to slightly taper the end of each dowel allowing it to locate within the off set hole). Gently tap in the dowels, which will pull the newel into place, now chisel the tops of your dowels off. If you are fitting a hardwood newel you will need to shorten the softwood dowels and cover with the 12mm hardwood plugs provided.

Step #3

Before you can fix the risers any additional treads or winders need to be fitted. If you have a bullnose step you need to glue and screw it to the newel post as well as wedging it into the string trenching. Before you fix this make sure the newel post is square to the tread.

Step #4

This stage is very important, and if done correctly your staircase should be forever squeak free! Dry fit each riser around the newel posts, trimming where required. Be aware longer risers are for the kite winders.

Once you are happy the riser fits, run a small bead of glue (we reccomend PU woodweld or similar) within the newel housing and along the back of the tread where the riser will be screwed. Beware not to over glue this joint, especially if the flight is not being carpeted as the glue can be difficult to remove from the face of your staircase - its best to run the bead of glue towards the under edge of the stair.

You are now ready to screw the riser to the tread, if your treads and risers are MDF we reccomend 40mm screws, on timber 30mm should be ample to fix a 10mm riser. Use 3-4 screws in the pre-drilled holes, be careful not to overtighten or let the screws spin. If screwing into a hardwood tread you will need to dill a pilot hole approximetly 2-3mm in diameter. You can also use 1-2 screws to secure the riser into the newel post housing.

The next step is to glue the angle blocks in place with generous amounts of glue, it is very important that these are fixed properly and the glue is allowed to set before use.

Staircase Tip

When fitting a newel post use a square and ensure the newel is 90° to the tread, also make sure there is no gap between the post and the tenon shoulder (the dowels will pull the newel into place). It's always good practice to dry fit stair components before you apply glue.

Why not call us?

We aim to provide the best support possible, with friendly, expert help from our experienced team. We understand that not all of our customers are technical minded, if you have any questions just drop us a line on 01782 832555.