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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 07-18-2007 at 08:50 PM 3042 views 6 times favorited 34 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

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#1 posted 07-18-2007 at 10:14 PM

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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#2 posted 07-18-2007 at 10:32 PM

Tremendous woodworking talent you have Lee.

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 at 05:34 AM

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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#4 posted 07-19-2007 at 05:57 AM

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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#5 posted 07-19-2007 at 10:44 AM

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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#6 posted 07-19-2007 at 08:36 PM

Thanks Damian.

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#7 posted 07-19-2007 at 08:38 PM

Hi Debbie;

Thank you for the kind words.

and the trip to the lumber store is always fun!

Lee

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#8 posted 07-19-2007 at 08:43 PM

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-19-2007 at 08:47 PM

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

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#10 posted 07-19-2007 at 08:48 PM

Hii Panama Jack,

Thank you very much.

Lee

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woodspar

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#11 posted 07-19-2007 at 11:10 PM

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 07-20-2007 at 06:08 AM

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

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#13 posted 07-20-2007 at 09:45 AM

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 07-20-2007 at 07:50 PM

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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#15 posted 07-20-2007 at 09:47 PM

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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