Where would you normally use a timber handrail fitting ?
As a decorative way of finishing the end of a handrail.
What is it made out of ?
Plantation grown Australian Oak (depending on availability it is either Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak).
What are the important dimensions ?
Overall : 43mm Diameter half ball with a 16mm diameter dowel for fixing purposes.
How do you fix it to the handrail ?
Drill the end of the handrail (with a 16mm drill bit), then using a 16mm multi groove dowel, glue the rail to the pre-drilled bend. A small amount of sanding will be required to blend where they join.
How should you finish it ?
If looking for a natural finish, then a clear lacquer will be fine; or you can use a stain to achieve your desired colour then use a clear lacquer to finish it off.
Speak to your local paint retailer for more info.