Q 1. Where would you normally use timber handrail fittings ?
It has a dual purpose use; it can be trimmed back to 37 degree to form part of the handrail on a staircase when needing to change from the horizontal plane to a 37 degree incline (most stairs are pitched at 37 degrees), or it can be mitred at one end and used as a gooseneck at the top of the staircase or on a quarter landing or winder.
Q 2. What is it made out of ?
Plantation grown Australian Oak (depending on availability it is either Victorian Ash or Tasmanian Oak).
Q 3. How do you fix it to the handrail ?
Use either the Zipbolt ST-Maxi UT or Zipbolt UT Rail Bolt. Glue the join and then apply a small amount of sanding to blend.
Q 4. 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.