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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2470 days ago 2891 views 6 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We renovated a large condominium, which included a library. We made a conference table for the client. As they were good clients, I made this library stairs as a gift for the gentleman. It matched the wood used in the conference table.

The woods are Wenge, and White Ash. A beautiful combination, for sure.

The step’s overall design came from a picture I saw in an advertisement. A few modifications and it was off to the races.

The post is a mitered, tapered piece of Wenge, which is a very splintery wood, but after the finish is applied, that problem is overcome.

The top section and bottom section have the grain kept on the same face. (the reason for the blue painter’s tape was to keep track of the grain orientation).

The white ash steps are glued and screwed from below. The wenge base is assembled with mortise and tenon joints, and matches the base of the conference table.

Spring loaded roller balls were inserted in the bottom of the base to allow it to roll easily, but when someone steps on the tread, it drops down to prevent it from moving.

The finish is a conversion varnish.

This was definitly a fun project, and was appreciated by the client. Actually myself and Bruce took the client on a trip to Hearne Lumber, and he helped us pick out the lumber. He enjoyed that immensely, as did we.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com





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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 2470 days ago

I’ll bet he appreciated it, lovely.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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PanamaJack

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#2 posted 2470 days ago

Tremendous woodworking talent you have Lee.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2470 days ago

1. I want one.
2. I want it in my kitchen
3. I want to match my kitchen to it
4. I love it.

Well done (and the trip to the lumber store sounds like it was very rewarding experience for all)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 2470 days ago

How strong are the steps? Another work of art by a very talented person. Than you for sharing again!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Bill

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#5 posted 2469 days ago

Wow, that is a great design Lee. It looks like this can sit near the corner of the room until it is needed, and then rolled in to place. What are its dimensions out of curiosity? I can see this being a nice addition to a number of rooms, including kitchens like Debbie said.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2469 days ago

Thanks Damian.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2469 days ago

Hi Debbie;

Thank you for the kind words.

and the trip to the lumber store is always fun!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2469 days ago

Hi Roger,

The steps are quite strong, as the braces are mortised into the post, and also supported by the vertical legs.

Thank You,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 2469 days ago

Hi Bill,

Correct, it sits nicely into a corner.

As for the dimensions, I honestly don’t remember, but I believe the stepd are about 24” long.

Thank you for the kind words.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 2469 days ago

Hii Panama Jack,

Thank you very much.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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woodspar

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#11 posted 2469 days ago

That’s great, I thought you were building a spiral staircase for a library mezzanine at first then I read: “but when someone steps on the tread, it drops down to prevent it from moving” I realized what you had created. A really great and unique item.

-- John

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2469 days ago

Hello John,

That’s a good idea for another use of it!

Again, I must say I really isn’t my idea, I saw an ad for Leigh jigs, I believe, and it had a similar step uunit.I just altered it to my taste.

Thanks for the kind words,

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bill

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#13 posted 2468 days ago

Where did you get the wheels for the steps? I think I saw these type somewhere, but do not remember where it was.

Again, great job Lee.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 2468 days ago

Billl;

I’m not sure exactly where I found them, as it’s been about eight years or so.

May have been Rockler, but I’m not certain.

Sorry I cant be more help than that.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#15 posted 2468 days ago

Lee very nice set of steps.

I guess you’ve seen my library steps, where Ms DebbieP did a visit

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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