The post is slightly wobbly, I want to nip it in the bud. I found a nice video http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20468403,00.html that I plan on following for the most part and using a construction screw.
My problem is that I don't want to drill through the nice wood and fill it with putty or a mismatched plug, but I can't figure out a way to remove the finished panel on the bottom. It has almost no give when I pry at it and tends to bend. I can't see any apparent joints so I'm cautious about muscling it too much.
It's been suggested that I run a threaded rod through and tighten it down that way, but I'm not sure that I have access to the bottom to do it that way.
Anyone have any insight into removing the panel and does the rest of the plan seem solid (har har)?