|Project by Rob McCune||posted 04-07-2007 09:43 PM||2303 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
My wife had a little accident involving a can of red paint, her wayward foot and the carpet on our staircase. Being that we had 7 days until the whole family was going to be here for Easter, I was “comissioned” to remove any trace of it.
When we bought the house we really admired the oak floor in the parlor/entry. The boards had a very nice look. So nice in fact that we were both, at one point or another, convinced it was real hardwood. It was in fact engineered hardwood, or basically 3/8” x 3” plywood strips with a veneer of hardwood on top. I especially liked these because of the small chamfer on all the edges of the hardwod. It really made the boards stand out.
I know it was engineered because in the back of the storage shed, along with a ton of sprinkler system parts, I found an entire box of the Mannington floor pieces. We decided to get a couple more boxes and replace the carpet on the stairs. The problem I ran into was that the company that made the flooring wanted nearly $20 per step for the bullnose that went on the front. That amounted to over $300 for the entire staircase for a product that, in my opinion, looked kind of cheap. So I ran over to the local hardwood distributor and bought $150 worth of 8/4 oak. I milled it into 1-3/4” square strips, ran it through the router a few times to spiff up the front edge. Then I cut a rabbet in the back with my table saw to accomodate the plywood subfloor. I stained it to (approximately) matchthe flooring. I laid the flooring and added plywood to the riser, which my wife painted to match the trim. I bradded the cap to the front of the tread. I am not entirely sure that it will be strong enough this way, so any ideas to boost the strength would be appreciated. I used about 8 1-1/2” brads.
I spent about a week on the entire project, of which the first two days were spent on tear down. The next two days were spent getting the flooring right, and the last 3 were spent working the caps. I finished applying the polyurethane with about 2 hours to spare before the family arrives. Since no one will be going up stairs that should not be a problem. I still need to do all this for the upper portion of the stairs above the landing. But that can wait till next week.
-- Rob McCune