Where would you normally use timber stair newel posts ?
As a post on a staircase, where the full length newel does not have a long enough square section on the bottom.
Join to an extension post to get the desired overall length required.
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 : 880mm Height x 90mm Width x 90mm Depth
Length of top turning : 125mm
Length of top square : 200mm
Length of turning : 555mm
Pin : 70mm long x 38mm diameter
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.