Best wood for newel posts

What's the best wood to use for a newel post? Pine seems a bit too soft.

Asked by Sarath on 8th Sep 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"Oak or any hardwood is best but very expensive softwood is fine because of the size of the timber painted treated indoors last a life time"
Answered on 8th Sep 2022 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
"Oak or composite post .there is a lot of ways , but all depends of your budget. Thanks"
Answered on 8th Sep 2022 - Member since Aug 2021 - report
"Oak is a great choice as it’s hardwood and long lasting."
Answered on 8th Sep 2022 - Member since Jul 2022 - report
"hi, pine is widely used for new posts, its more to do with the look, painted , stained or varnished, newl posts need to be secured to the floor jiosts"
Answered on 21st Sep 2022 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
"Any hardwood, oak,ash,Maple. All depends on how much your willing to spend."
Answered on 9th Sep 2022 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
"Oak will be the ideal timber for a newel post. It’s a very hard wood, but a bit expensive, and it’s got a superb finish."
Answered on 9th Sep 2022 - Member since Sep 2018 - report
"There's no real right or wrong for this, its mostly down to your aesthetic taste. Pine would be strong enough, just depends what you like the look of"
Answered on 8th Mar 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
"Hi there’s nothing wrong using softwood ,some species of softwood has grade A strength so its really depend on your finish"
Answered on 12th Sep 2022 - Member since Jul 2022 - report
"Oak is generally the best material, you can also use Hemlock but that is at least as soft as pine"
Answered on 15th Sep 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
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