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I have a newly installed winding staircase in my house as part of a loft extension. The newel posts have notches in them, as shown in the pictures.

My first question is: why are the notches there? I’ve not seen this before, and not knowing a name for them means I can’t Google for answers.

The second question is, what can be done to hide them or make them more attractive? I’ve considered using filler or sanding them down. Is there a standard approach to this problem, or is it just a matter of taste?

Photo of jewel post

Second view showing that there are 2 notches

  • They look like mistake cuts... – JACK Jul 19 at 12:09
  • Could it be a notch for a gate? – Lee Sam Jul 19 at 14:18
  • If that is a new install using recycled materials, it was the installers' very poor choice of material preparation.... – Jack Jul 19 at 15:12
  • unrelated to the your question, but I have to ask - are those pictures real or are they a painting? looks like a painting to me. – rothloup Jul 19 at 15:26
  • The ones on the sides look like a second board was attached to the post that was too short to reach all the way to the top. – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Jul 19 at 15:30

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