Hi Realwood, these newels have a bottom base that may have an oak plywood base. The rest of the newel post is solid red oak. If you have additional questions, we'll reply as quickly as we can. Thank you.
Hi da628, while we're not professional finishers, we do maintain that red oak is not the best specie for painting. With pronounced grain patterns and colors, red oak will show grains underneath most interior paints. There is a technique that we've seen called "wash" that has produced beautiful results on red oak, but that was done a professional. We suggest consulting the folks in the Paint Department for their recommendations. Otherwise, you might think about purchasing the Primed version of this newel (#1002219318), which is designed to be painted, and then purchase a separate red oak cap kit (#205431420), and stain the cap. If you have additional questions, we'll help the best we can. Thank you.
Hi SSK, these newels come with in installation block included, which requires a different method for securing the newel to the floor. In short, the installation block comes with the newel, inserted into the bottom hollow Cut the newel to the desired height. Slide the newel over the installation block, nail the newel to the block, and the install is complete. We have complete instructions included with every newel. If you have additional questions, please let us know and we'll do our best to help you. Thanks for shopping The Home Depot!
Hi rm, this post is designed to be cut from the bottom to accommodate various rail heights. If you have additional questions or need more information, we'll do our best to assist you. Thank you for shopping The Home Depot.
Hi Jared, this item is made from unfinished Red Oak, so it can be finished with any stain to match your other red oak decor. If you have any questions or need more information, we'll be glad to help you. Thank you!
Thank you for your question Kevin. Our 4091 style box newel is hollow for the bottom half, but we do offer a solid core with this item. The core is about 12" tall. If you are needing to cut down the box newel, you can remove the solid core and then put it back into the bottom once your cuts are made . The core will offer you a solid hold once the newel is lagged down into the floor using our newel attach kits or our newel bolt kit. For any further questions, please contact us at email@example.com or contact us at 1-678-495-0776. Thank you again