Wendell's Corner Spiral Stairs and Mantle

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Project by Rogue posted 1237 days ago 2459 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local salesman for “Sunheat” modular heating units contacted me about building some custom cabinets for the heaters to set in. He wanted to start with his personal heater he uses in his living room. I thought, “sure shouldn’t be to tough.” Wow was I wrong! the cabinet he wanted included a spiral stair case the curled down underneath where he wanted the mantle to sit. The stairs are gently curved to give then a conical feel. This curve also gives more step surface in the front and more head room behind the steps. The curve also looks beautiful with the traction patters I routed in. There are shop turned null posts at the top and the bottom. The whole corner was covered with shop made wood flooring the wraps down around the hole’s edge too. As you walk down at one point you are directly below the heater unit. This may sound claustrophobic but I am 6’ 3” and there is a surprising amount of head room. The stove cabinet is a raised panel cabinet that is vented in the back. Everything was oak with golden oak Minwax stain. Its finished with lacquer. Wood doesn’t really like to do round. Ever part of this project was a real stretch for the materials and my know how. It was a real growing experience and I’ve learned a ton from it.

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 1237 days ago

Very impressive build. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 1237 days ago

Now there is a job one can sink their teeth in. Im sure you enjoyed that one, nicely executed. Keep up the good work brother, see you on the other side.

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#3 posted 1237 days ago

‘Outstanding result”

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 1237 days ago


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 1237 days ago

Amazing spiral staircase. I hope to build one some day (difficult since my house only has 1 story).

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 1237 days ago

amazing stair case

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 1237 days ago

That is an incredible staircase. I would love to have one of those when I build my house.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 1237 days ago

Wow thats a big and not easy project, great work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#9 posted 1237 days ago

You seem to be a woodworker for all seasons Rogue, taking on whatever challenges come your way and making a great job of it too. This staircase was very nicely done and I love the non-slip surface idea too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 1237 days ago

that is really a beautiful set of steps you did a great job on what looks to be an extremely hard project.Thanks for letting us see them


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#11 posted 1236 days ago

Amazing job, love the detail!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 1236 days ago

Great beauty with function . Form follows function rules here . What size riser was it and what was the center support for stairs.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#13 posted 1235 days ago

Wow! That is quite the project! It would be a joy to use that every day. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 1168 days ago

Wow! Beautiful project. Gives a fellow ideas…

It looks like all the treads (except perhaps the top and bottom) are alike, so it’s the kind of project a part-timer could attempt. Just make one tread, then make another, and another…

I assume there’s a steel pole in the middle and all the treads, brackets and spacers are stacked on it.

Are the spindles and railings the only thing that keeps the treads from turning on the center pole? Or are there some kind of keys between the disks, brackets and treads?

It’s interesting how the curved edges of the treads seem to give more clearance.


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#15 posted 1143 days ago

I’m impressed. Would like to hear your answer to Ocelot.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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