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Blog entry by Tony_S posted 03-06-2010 04:44 PM 2435 reads 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Where to start….I just wanted to post a little info about myself….Been here about three months and haven’t posted any projects or any real info about myself at all. I’m sure there’s been a few instances where people are saying to themselves…who is this clown? LOL!!
I’m not real big on talking about myself…or showing off my work, but thought I should post a little something to show I’m really not a clown! ;o)

Lets see….Been a woodworker for…lemme see…1..2..5..6..10…well, since I was 18, so 24 years! Wow…that made me feel old. I started out installing kitchen cabinets for a couple of years, that got old real fast! I saw an add in the newspaper for a stairbuilder, they said they would train…Thought it sounded pretty interesting, so I applied and got on. WOW!! Interesting, and challenging to say the LEAST!! Worked there for 2 years…but, poor management dictated they went broke. Had some connections from working there, so it wasn’t difficult to find another job building custom stairs…got on with a guy who had just started a custom stair building company a year earlier…..Today (20 years later)...I’m one of the shop foreman (working foreman)for the same company!! Lots of ups…downs…in and outs, but we’ve gone from 4 employee’s total when I started, to almost 30 including office staff.
The majority of the work we do is any type of stairs and railing ranging from basic construction grade straights….to ‘sky’s the limit’ customs. Spirals, circs, elliptical…you name it. We also do pretty much any type of custom mill work.
To this day….I LOVE MY JOB!! Everyday is a new challenge…interesting…demanding and NEVER DULL!! I personally specialize in custom hardwood stairs and railing. I also build lots of furniture in between time…LOL! BLAH BLAH BLAH….ok…talkin’ too much about myself!!

I’ll show you some pictures of my ‘Crowning achievement’ to date. It’s a set of Fluent circular stairs in our showroom…that have every detail and custom option you can think of! LOL!!

Get on with it Tony!

here ya go!

Showroom 6

Showroom 3

Showroom 5

Showroom 4

Showroom 2

Showroom 1

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."



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#1 posted 03-06-2010 04:54 PM

That is really stunning Tony.
What type of wood went into it and haw did you get the lighting effect?
I’m afraid to guess how many hours went into it.

p.s. welcome to Lj’s

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 05:03 PM

this is great , tony .

i can see that your work ,
is more important than your job .

very nice !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 05:21 PM

Oh my gosh, that is just stunning. I can only image all of the challenges that are in there.

Yikes,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 05:25 PM

Patron, One of the things I try to ‘pound’ through some of the more promising boys that I work with is just that. You can’t do work like this for a paycheck….or pats on the back, and you can’t build stairs like this for ‘Joe blow’, or this company or that. You build stairs like this for yourself, because it’s in your heart…and your soul.

Tom, the stringers and the support under the landing are all one piece. The outside stringer, if memory serves me was close to 35’ long, 4” thick and 24” deep. The inside stringer is similar in proportion, but shorter. The whole stair is completely free standing besides top and bottom connections.

Bob, The stringers, risers and posts are Bubinga Pomelle, the treads and hand rail are Santos Mahogany with Curly Maple inlays in the treads and landing.
The posts and risers also have stainless steel accents.
The lighting accent itself is an acrylic panel (with stainless inlays) with LED lighting behind the panel.

As for time….from concept to completion took almost 7 months.

Steve…..there were MANY sleepless nights involved!! MANY!! LOL!

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 05:33 PM

what i tell my help ,

’ a job is something you do to eat ,

work is something you do ,

because you are alive ’ !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 05:38 PM

Tony,
WOW!! I very good looking project I can certainly see why you would love your job. I had a manager tell me a long time ago ” If you love your job, you will never work another day in your life.” The fact that you have a different challenges everyday certainly helps.

also.. Welcome aboard.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 05:49 PM

Those are some amazing stairs. Nice work man.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 06:08 PM

Tony this is art in it’s most functional form Your best description of you work is described in the title. ”THIS IS ME” If you are what you build you are wonderful beautiful and amazing. I could not know where to start in such a project.
I salute you my friend.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 06:20 PM

That is awesome, I envey you i would not no where to start on something like that. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 06:23 PM

Tom, the core of the stringers themselves is really nothing more than a beam, and are constructed of 10 layers each of 3/8” exterior grade fir plywood. Each of the layers has MANY joints in it, but, as in a laminated beam, none of the joints in each layer line up with any of the others. Constructing stringers in this manner allows us to change slope and direction in a lot of different ways. In other words…no steel plates of any sort. Top and bottom stringer connections are extremely important,but just as important are the riser dimensions and connections. They offer a huge amount of support to the stringers as well as transfer load.

A few more pics….

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-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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#11 posted 03-06-2010 06:39 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments people! I very humbly appreciate them all.

Funny….ya know…I call this my crowning achievement. But just a short while ago I started a project that Ive wanted to build for YEARS….but was always extremely intimidated by! Ive built lots of furniture before but this one…..The lines….the form…..the joinery…scare the hell out of me! Ive seen many reproductions, but only a handful did the original and the master….justice.

A Sam Maloof ‘Low Back’.....we’ll see, so far I’m pleased. We all have our own personal challenges…

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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#12 posted 03-06-2010 07:01 PM

Great Scott, man! I’m speechless.

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#13 posted 03-06-2010 08:32 PM

Oh, sure, but … can you build a Rolls-Royce out of mahogany???
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LOL! Just kidding!

Welcome to LumberJocks. I’ve never seen a staircase that beautiful. Phenomenal job!!

Just out of idle curiosity, and … since you DO what you do … have you been to the Loretto Chapel, and seen the staircase, there? I’m curious what you thought, if you have….

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 03-06-2010 08:52 PM

Great looking work Tony. From one millwork head to another…Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 10:30 PM

Wow Tony!..................this is AMAZING….......it’s very impressive, and the most impressive to me is that it is huge and freestanding, you really gotta know what your doing to achieve something as spectacular as this….. and you obviously know what you are doing! I am glad that you put in the shots of it being put together…..very, very, nice.

Robin

-- Robin Renee'

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