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Project by Alex posted 12-16-2009 07:22 AM 3904 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry guys, I haven’t been posting my projects for a while, even though I have been profiting from this website to see yours. So I am now comiting to posting more projects as I build them.

This specific one was just finished today in school after class hours. I am in my third year of carpentry classes in college. This stair case is a project for my joinery class, but the teacher thought it would be funny to test me and my partner a bit more then the others. We ended up having one open side, morticed the stringer into the newels, half dovetailed the balusters to the treads, made mitre returns… And, on top of that we steam bent the bottom stringer.

All pine, Me and my partner milled up everything from rough stock. It wasn’t so tough for me since I worked in stair building in Ottawa all summer. But I ended up learning a few tricks for high quality stairs, like dadoing in the treads to the risers and the risers to the treads, and how to make a template for the housed stringer.

The railling is 24” high, and the whole unit is 18” from outside to outside of stringer… 100% pine… I have a big load of pictures since we had to write a How-to article as an assignment.

anyways, enjoy :)


-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 07:31 AM

Looks great! What’s going to happen to it now?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 07:35 AM

Very nicely constructed. Looks like a “Stairway to Heaven”!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 07:44 AM

:) thanks TopamaxSurvivor and Mmh.

My partner keeps it, and I get visitation rights. In exchange I keep all the plans and templates. :)

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 08:10 AM

Easier said than done, right? Curious to know what the thickness was on the bottom stringer that was steam bent. You didn’t mention what the grade was the teacher gave you. My guess was an A+? Nice looking set of stairs.

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 08:33 AM

Very nicely done.
Well, you surely learnt alot from this project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 08:45 AM

well it is easier said then done, but like always alot simpler the second time. The curved part of the riser was dadoed to 1/8” thick backed with a solid wood blocking, the rest stayed at 3/4”. The riser is hooked on one end and wedged on the other end to keep in it’s right shape.

EDIT: I forgot to mention it’s not graded yet, we finished it after class hours so the teacher didnt see it yet. I’ll post my grade as soon as i get it :)

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 09:28 AM

Awsome job, your on your way. You do excellent work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 09:37 AM

Thanks alot Woodworm and Qmoney, I really appreciate your comments :)
I really did learn alot of new stuff. I don’t look at stairs the same anymore, I keep on seeing ways in which they can be improved.

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 03:02 PM

Very nice, good job on your projects. Wood bending is an area I really need to study.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 12-16-2009 03:56 PM

great job
i’d like to see a blog from your how-to notes

-- Ron, Missouri

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#11 posted 12-16-2009 04:50 PM

Very nice work and surely a fun and challenging assignment. I hope you get a good grade on it. It is amazing what quality stairs can do for the appearance of a house interior.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-16-2009 05:47 PM

Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 12-16-2009 06:15 PM

Thanks alot for your comments :) I love getting feedback.
I’ll post my how-to’s on here, but i’ll wait til after my exams are done.

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 12-16-2009 06:33 PM

Hey Alex
These are first rate stairs a nice clean look with tight joinery super Job.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 12-17-2009 08:45 AM

Fantastic job, just what I need to finish my grandkids playhouse.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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