Q 1. Where would you normally use a timber handrail fitting ?
As a decorative way of finishing the end of a handrail.
Q 2. What is it made out of ?
Q 3. What are the important dimensions ?
Overall : 50mm Diameter half ball with a 16mm diameter dowel for fixing purposes.
Q 4. How do you fix it to the handrail ?
Drill the end of the handrail (with a 16mm drill bit), then glue to the rail. A small amount of sanding will be required to blend where they join.
Q 5. 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.