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I have a project coming up soon and I intend buying some stainless steel box section and sliding it over existing wooden newel posts and then fastening it to the posts, but where the stringer meets the newel post I will have to cut a slot, perhaps an inch and a half wide and six inches deep, so that the box section will slide down to the floor.

What is the best way to cut this?

I have a grinder, jigsaw and reciprocating saw and so would like to use one of these if possible?

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UHM what size SS box section are you getting, please be warned, your arse may fall off when you hear the price. Slitting disc for the 6" runs, fold up and grind off.

If you are getting relatively small box section the jigsaw needs packing up so that the blade doesnt hit the other side, Ive inserted blades backwards and dragged into a workpiece. I only have experience with Bosch metal jigsaw blades, you have to go very slow in SS or they can blunt in literally a few seconds.

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I am thinking you will need 100mm box section to fit over a newel post, Ive never seen it less than 5mm wall. That will be expensive.

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jason123 wrote:
I am thinking you will need 100mm box section to fit over a newel post, Ive never seen it less than 5mm wall. That will be expensive.


I think you are right Jas, I have not measured them yet. I can always plane them down a little so that 100mm box fits over the top!

I'll see what boss says, I think paint would look better :wink:

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Yes, it could work out expensive!!


Id drill 2 holes at the top of the slot, slit lengthways with grinder and thin disc, then just jiggy across the top.
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Steel box section and powder coated silver may be MUCH cheaper :lol:

Not sure on 100x100, but 80x80x3mm wall your looking at about £60 per metre.
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I was thinking about cladding the newel post and using hammerite silver on it. Tenner tops :thumbright:

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Well I think she is looking for ways to de-value her house and so we may as well paint it lol :roll:

I don't think the stainless will match the pink kitchen though :shock:

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When i mentiond the SS box idea Chez, it was only a joke btw :lol:

Honestly, steel and powdercoat would be far cheaper, especially as youl want to cap it off etc.

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