This is what we found when the box that surrounded the main staircase in the front entry hall was removed. We searched the place stem to stern trying to find the missing newel post, to no avail. Then we were faced with this really nice, dramatic staircase in a very visible area of our home missing a key piece. It's about the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. You see it when you sit in the living room watching TV and when you're in the play area in the family room. Needless to say, it looked rather empty.
Enter my awesome Dad and his fabulous carpentry skills. He carefully studied and measured the existing newel posts, taking pictures of them for later reference. He found really nice oak to work with and made a few more visits for research purposes and test fittings (oh and maybe to see his adorable grandson too). He researched and recommended a line of finishing products from which we had to choose the best match to the existing woodwork. He applied multiple coats of finish, and waited for it to dry, and waited, and as I understand it, waited some more... With the new newel post carefully wrapped in a blanket, like a fragile, brand new baby, Dad brought it for it's unveiling and final installation.
Doesn't it look fabulous? Go on, click on that picture, you know you want to. Thanks Dad!!
Wait until you see the terrific record shelves he built for Chris's collection (Dad, the finish is on them and they are being filled with albums as I type this. They're bee-yoo-T-full!) Oh and no, I doubt he's interested in adopting you, dear readers, sorry.