the stairway

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Blog series by Monte Pittman updated 660 days ago 9 parts 26546 reads 71 comments total

Part 1: stairway start

720 days ago by Monte Pittman | 24 comments »

I am contracted to build a custom stairway in a high end ego mansion. This particular one I love because they hired me to work on it :-) thought I would share the adventure. Normally I cut 1” 2” & 4” slabs about 10 feet long. This project requires several pieces 8×8 and 14 feet long. A challenge for a one old man shop. You can see some 4” slabs as well, they will be cut into steps and landing. The 8×8 here is actually cut about 9×...

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Part 2: first beams

718 days ago by Monte Pittman | 4 comments »

Two of these were delivered this morning. Planed them square last night. Didn’t cut them to length as he said they would do it at the house. You can also see the color we want. Also took a couple of the steps for them to try I also want say after re-reading posts from the last one, I didn’t make it clear that although these beams a big and very heavy, they are actually decoration. There is a. Steel frame that does the actual work. A lot if you have worked ...

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Part 3: big beams are done

713 days ago by Monte Pittman | 7 comments »

Although this part of the project was probably more than I should have tackled with my present setup, the big boys are done. A total after planing & rough sanding of 400 board feet and 25 hours. The 5 together weigh about 1200 lbs. Although this was tough on the body, what skills I improved because of it has been worth it. I have gotten very with the hand planer (powered). In the beginning many gouges and uneven cuts. Required lots of clean up. I actually killed my first planer. It w...

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Part 4: some assembly required

705 days ago by Monte Pittman | 6 comments »

Delivered the steps & one of the smaller beams. Steps are 4” thick by 12” wide. 48” long. The 14 of them are 224 board feet. This the smallest of the beams. It is 4” x 8” x 12’. It is 32 boad feet.feet by itself. Total delivered so far is about 630 board feet. They started setting the beams yesterday Here’s the house they are going in

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Part 5: beaming with excitement

701 days ago by Monte Pittman | 9 comments »

Not a lot to update. The last of the small beams were delivered this afternoon. Total of 750 board feet of material so far. The contractor that is installing them had a complaint. My 8×8’s are actually 8 inches by 8 inches instead of 7-1/2×7-1/2 that’s industry standard. It is causing him to make special cuts. Is this really a problem? I gave them what the owner asked for. Owner says he he likes what he has got.

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Part 6: forgotten piece

697 days ago by Monte Pittman | 5 comments »

As I was close to finishing up cutting, they called and said contractor “forgot” a piece on the list. It was only the biggest piece he needed. A 16-1/2 foot 8×8. That’s how I spent my Sunday. I had to make new slabbing rails because the ones I have wouldn’t go that long. Got it cut and delivered. 88 board feet by itself. Up to about 840 board feet delivered. A couple hundred to go. This will get a lot easier in the future. I am in the process of buying a bandsa...

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Part 7: the landing

696 days ago by Monte Pittman | 4 comments »

Delivered the pieces for the landing today. 9 pieces 4” thick, 6” wide and 90” long. All that’s left to deliver is some cover pieces. 985 board feet delivered so far. By the weekend I should have some actual pictures of the steps. Thanks for looking

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Part 8: impatiently waiting

684 days ago by Monte Pittman | 3 comments »

An update that’s not much of an update. Since the actual structure for the steps is going to be steel, we’re in a holding pattern waiting for him to get it built. It was supposed to be done about 10 days ago. I was there this morning and it’s only about half ready. Not sure why the delay. More later

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Part 9: The End

660 days ago by Monte Pittman | 9 comments »! 12-10-3109-48-02140.jpg! Hope the pictures came out well enough. Total of 1098 board feet.

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