|Project by Dan Krager||posted 09-29-2016 04:49 PM||751 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Bought green wood at a sawmill about three years ago, stickered it carefully and waited. That’s a very legitimate way to procrastinate. Some family helped with getting off top dead center by moving the stack to my lumber rack next to the planer and later helping me plane the stuff. About mid summer I finally got motivated to rough cut to length, do the ploughs and bull nose, sand and put a finish on. Lots of planning to rout the stringers. Finally got the nerve to build the template and begin routing a successful layout. It takes a LONG time to rout this stuff even with a very sharp carbide template following 3/4” cutter. Set up the stringers and dry fitted some treads and risers. They were as perfect as can be made anywhere, so I got excited about finishing the project. I was surprised at how much energy it takes to put these parts together. With everything pre-finished, I worked deliberately from both ends towards the middle. Today the last pieces were put in and I’m very excited at how pretty this staircase is. Even before the last glue was dry, it gracefully held over 400 lbs without any central support at the walls. The extra stringer stick I bought (just in case) will become hand rail and banister. Next up to obtain material for turning balusters and newel posts. Happy about this major milestone!
-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com Instructions are that which will be read as a last resort.