|Project by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 07-19-2007 03:50 AM||3519 views||6 times favorited||34 comments|
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.