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newel post dowel joint?

Postby george-doors » Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:17 pm

i have recentley moved into a house without a handrail so am looking to fit one. i have some limited carpentry skills but was wondering if anyone could explain how to fit a newel post to what is left of the old newel post safely. a dowel joint sounds easier than a tennon and i have seen newel posts that appear to already have a dowell or pin in the bottom?

cheers george.
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:31 pm

I assume you have only the lower bit of the existing newel post remaining.
If this is so using a dowel will not strong enough - you will have to try and form a halving joint.
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