The original Newel Post was cut off many years ago, a common practice, often to make it easier to get large items of furniture upstairs. The problem with this particular ‘stub’ was that it had been cut at 45 degrees so the standard procedure of inserting a dowel would not have been sufficiently strong enough. I was reluctant to take the Newel out and start again as this would have required the bottom of the stair case to be opened up,so as well as two dowels, two splines were let in to enable the replacement newel to be fitted with confidence. Then the bottom cap and handrail were fitted once the glues were completly dry. The spindles are then cut to length and installed. All the components i machined from stock timber using a spindle moulder and router. It is important to have a solid newel as everything else depends on that, also it gets alot of stress put on it, If you have children, watch as they swing around the post using it as a fulcrum when comming down the stairs.
Hardwood mopstick handrail with brass brackets. None of us are getting younger!
Fitting a handrail to supliment the main handrail is a good idea if you, or some one you know is finding it a little tougher getting up and down stairs, giving that extra support and reasurance can make so much difference.
Understair storage is a great way of utilising space under the stairs, particulary if shelves are incorperated into the design. Cupboards can hide all that stuff that clutters up the hallway – boots, coats, pushchairs, vacuum cleaners, and so on. These doors are custom built using TGV – tongue and groove V-jointed pine, and are hung onto a timber frame made around the opening under the stairs. The space here was used to create a larder and cooking utensil cupboard as the kitchen is next to the stairs.
These stairs creaked every time someone used them. The treads and risers had come adrift from the strings (the side bits), so a series of wedges and timber blocks were used to alleviate this problem. The customer was very grateful, having been told that they needed a new stair case by two other carpenters, so they saved themselves a whole lot of money and inconvenience.
Here is a storage solution to an under-stair space, using reclaimed pine and MDF grilled fronts.
The customer had a metal spiral staircase which had seen better days
and which they didn’t like, so a replacement was planned and fitted, using
hemlock wood for the spindles and handrails, finishing in an oil to enhance
the apperance of the wood.