First newel post installed on 9/17/2022

This oak post is now cut to size, rough sanded, bolted, ready for the rail. Still needs finish sanding, stain, and maybe some plugs to hide the bolts? I don't know yet, we'll see. The bolts go all the way through the stringer - no lag screws here. I don't like how lag screws can wiggle loose over time, so I'm trying to avoid them. The bolts are 1/2" x 5" for this post. Other posts will be similar - some will need 6" bolts, and one needs an 8" bolt.