I'm looking to build a matching newell post in a stairwell where we
knocked down a wall. The existing newell is a true 4" square. Does
anyone know of a place in the Boston area where I can find a true 4"
post? Or does anyone have any suggestions on how to make one, etc.?
Outside of 495 there's The Woodery Lumber Company in Lunenberg, MA will
definitely do it for you. A little closer F. D. Sterritt in Watertown
carries 8/4 (say eight quarter stock when you're asking) which is a
full 2" - you could glue together two pieces and sand/plane it to the
Many of the posts which are intended for a paint finish are made of many
small pieces, glued together and milled to the finished dimension. Heck, I
just recalled that our bedstead posts are made up of 16, 3/4" squares,
stained, but still looks good. Laminations are inherintly more stable and
less prone to splitting, etc.
While that is generally true it's a bit of a generalization. If the
laminations are assembled without regard to the grain and different
radial and tangential shrinkage coefficients of that particular
species, the pieces will work against each other and they will
delaminate over time. The bigger the piece, the bigger the problem
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