Fixing the Newel Post
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have likely seen my video during Christmas time where I re-enacted Chevy Chase cutting the newel post saying “Fixed the Newel Post!”. If not, check this link out. At that point I decided the banister that separated our kitchen from the sunken living room had to go. It created this unnecessary division between the two rooms that really made things appear smaller. So we ripped it out on Christmas Day and called it “Christmas Day Reno’s” the latest hit series on HGTV! Kidding aside, we did actually rip it out and now we were left with this gap where the banister footer was. Since we are making a new kitchen table, I had some left over White Oak that could fill that gap. Finishing it so it didn’t look weird was the tough part, but I turned to Rubio Monocoat who has a great line of products to finish this wood off.
Fuming White Oak
I’ve seen on Rubio’s IG page many projects where the makers fumed the wood and then applied another colour as the finishing for the wood. It creates this beautiful depth to the wood that is absolutely stunning and as such that’s how we were going to finish these treads off. I chose the White 5% for the finish because it would give subtle hints of white into the grain without overpowering the whole piece and boy were we pleased with the outcome.
However there was a small problem, there really was no content on the fuming process, only directions from Rubio’s website and some sage advice from Colin over at Windsor Plywood Sherwood Park. With that I figured I might as well document the process and serve that up on YouTube in hopes it helps others see exactly what the process does to, in this case, White Oak.
Below is the video of the whole process and is my first voice over on a video so go easy on me.
Here are the results below showing where I started, the fumed white oak and then the finished product.