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Blog entry by Tony_S posted 03-12-2014 12:35 AM 1951 reads 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seriously people! I wouldn’t even have attempted to build this stair if it hadn’t been for HIM!
A while back Mads posted a bunch of pictures from a museum he’d been to in…Paris, I believe it was.
Among all the pictures were 3 small scale model curved staircases.

I stared at them, and stared at them and suddenly….my eye started to twitch….just like it always does when I’m about to get myself into something I shouldn’t.
I built a scale model curved stair about 10-12 years ago….swore I would never build another one. Well, after 10-12 years of denial….Mads pictures were all it took. Pushed me right over the edge….of denial….and then….sanity.

Like a fool, I messaged Mads to ask if he had any more pictures of the stairs. Unfortunately not, but he offered to email the full res shots….so, like a fool again, I said yes please!!

And so, the many MANY early mornings, late evenings, head wrecking, mind numbing, frustrating beyond belief project…...began.
The scale model in the museum didn’t have any rail on it, so of course, Ive gotta ‘do better’ RIGHT?! The stair itself damn near drove me crazy….why not do the rail just for kicks?
I can’t even count the number of times I wanted to smash this thing and throw it in the garbage, but I’m too bullheaded.

Glad I didn’t!

Hope you enjoy.

btw….top tread is 14” high. Outside radius is 6 1/2” Full 360 degree turn. Walnut and Maple. Absolutely everything you see is handmade.

Thanks Mads…couldn’t have done it without YOU!

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

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 12:40 AM

Wow! That is an impressive result from that staircase monkey on your back…is there a “twelve step” program you could get into:-) ?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 12:47 AM

Well done!

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 12:50 AM

Impressive seems like such an inadequate word – but that’s all I got. Impressive!

Thanks for sharing the fruit of your illness ;)

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 12:56 AM

dear lord…that is incredible.

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#5 posted 03-12-2014 01:09 AM

That’s…searching for the right adjectives…


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#6 posted 03-12-2014 01:14 AM

Very cool..

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 01:22 AM

I agree, it’s all his fault.

Beautiful stairs. Better than the original for sure. Great pictures too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 03-12-2014 02:01 AM

That’s really cool. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-12-2014 02:24 AM

Is that the ”Stairway to Heaven” if not you could have fooled me!
Just outstanding work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 03-12-2014 03:33 AM


-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#11 posted 03-12-2014 03:44 AM

Awesome!! You should post this in projects. After all, it is one heck of a project!! It will get a lot more exposure and will be in the top 3.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 03-12-2014 03:47 AM

That is disgustingly beautiful, you do amazing work.

-- Nick, “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.” ― Fred Rogers, Be My Neighbor

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 05:43 AM

Motherfather!! That is unbelievable, crazy craftmanship and skill!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#14 posted 03-12-2014 06:08 AM

Had to come back for another look!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 03-12-2014 08:41 AM

Thanks for the complements everyone, much appreciated.

Mark…if there was a 12 step program, I’d fail miserably. In fact, I’d walk out during the ‘Intervention’.
A proud wood and stair junkie.

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

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