|Project by sphere||posted 02-11-2010 02:20 AM||4771 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
This is a first. A curved 90 degree turn, log stair case. This is in the home of Alice Walton, of Wal-Mart Walton…Sam’s daughter. In Arkansas. I built it for the log home manufacturer that is in Tn. I was in NC and made the stairs as far as I could go, then disassembled and shipped to Tn. for storage till the house was ready.
Then me and a buddy drove out and packed the truck and sent it to Ark. followed along and erected it and finished it ( the railings tie in) in 4 20 hour days…yes 4, 20 hour days.
You’ll see dovetails of cherry in the treads…these are how I anchored the treads to the carriages , there is a J bolt in the DT that passes into the carriage that is counter bored from below, and washers and AUTO VALVE springs, with a coupling nut ( a reg. nut would strip off what with the enormous spring pressure , about 800lbs P2Inch) to cinch it into the coped log carriage. This allows wood movement, but NO SQEAKS and no return to tighten any hardware seasonally..I invented that.
All the treads are 1/2 slices of a poplar log, that I 1/4’erd and added a wedge, so the treads were wide enough to be passable on the outside radius and narrow enough to make the inside radius turn.
All is code compliant except the hand rail baluster spacing, but when ya have 16 BILLION dollars to your family name…it’s amazing what codes can be overlooked.
All the tenoned and drilled hand rails are Mtn. laurel, and Dogwood, and Rhododendron from the Nat. Forest in NC. Harvested by yours truly. It stood without any support , but Alice liked the idea of humanesque legs under it…so we added some.
No, I would not ever, in a million years, do it over again.
-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works