The Beast

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Project by hangdog posted 08-03-2010 02:14 PM 2286 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call these steps “The Beast” because they remind me of a famous wooden roller coaster in my neck of the woods of the same name. The owner bought this house and needed new steps so she could move in. It was a challenge as I had to pretty much design on the fly. I dug some new footers and used some of the old ones. It has four flights and four landings with a total of 34 steps and took about 8 days to build – with a little help from my friends :)

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 02:17 PM

awesome looking project hangdog….I’ve ridden the BEAST you mentioned also. The greatest wooden coaster ever.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 02:18 PM

Great job. My knees are aching just at the thought of those stairs!

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 02:34 PM

Great Job! Looks like alot of work ,but looks like it will also last a a long time
Yeah, I would much rather ride the BEAST instead of walk your Beast.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 02:48 PM

Nice job look sturdy!

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 03:15 PM

Back in the day I set a lot of stairs but not up the side of a cliff – to take on that project there had to be a compelling reason – great job.

-- EPB

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 03:18 PM

No zip-line? j/k Looks great!

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 04:04 PM

Reminds me of growing up, we made something very simular to get down to the lake. I can still remember having to lug gas cans up and down those stairs.

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 05:25 PM

Must have been a pain to go up and down that hill before the steps where completed. LOL

Nice job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks Rex. IT was a pain. There were some old rotted stairs there but they weren’t good for much. Plus it rained for part of the first three days so that probably added several hours of effort due to slipping and sliding.

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 05:49 PM

Great job. That looks like it took a lot of material.
Those landings are smart.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 07:12 PM

Wow! Thats a great looking set of steps. These would build some solid glutes very quickly.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 10:42 PM

THE BEAST…......I think I dated her.Just kidding Thats alot of work very well done Thanks for posting….........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 11:14 PM

That looks solid! Nice surroundings to work in.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 08-04-2010 12:57 AM

Beautiful work! Are you going to add another handrail to the other side?

And does “hangdog” refer to rock climbing? I haven’t used that term in a while, since I moved to Florida!

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 02:17 AM

Hi Will, yes, hangdog refers to climbing. In all these years I’ve used this name your the first one to notice! As for the railing, the customer only wanted one. She wanted to minimize the visual impact. In fact she plans on staining the wood dark brown once it has dried sufficiently.

-- Don't just talk about it, be about it.

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