Spiral staircase tops

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Project by Jimnl posted 11-29-2012 06:38 AM 1472 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some zebrawood stair tops I recently made for my brother in law at his house on the Oregon Coast. 17 treads and pretty soon the top landing, altogether about 50 board ft of wood.
Usually I just do turning but I figured, these couldn’t be that hard, just glue some wood together, make sure it was flat and cut the pattern. I guess it’s like saying a turned box isn’t that hard. Just throw it on the lathe, hollow it and make a lid. After some trial and error and a sending the treads through the drum sander more times than I want to think about, I’m almost done.
The finish it Watco natural oil, so far only 2 coats. I need to do some sanding and at least 1 more, maybe 2 more coats of oil.

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 06:43 AM

Amazing looking stairs.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 06:50 AM

Thx Jim

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 07:29 AM

Beautiful wood. Great work!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 01:53 PM

Great looking treads. Who did the metal work for the stairs?

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 03:17 PM

Beautiful steps. Maybe the grain should run parallel to the front edge of the steps, but they are still beautiful.

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 09:49 PM

Distinctive and wonderful!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 10:25 PM

Of grandeur feel!
I love it.

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#8 posted 11-30-2012 12:31 AM

German, I didn’t want the grain to run parallel because I wanted the edges to end up like they did. If the grain was parallel, there would be less grain coming over the edge and it would look boring.

Bluepine, I’m not sure where my brother-in-law got the stairs, I just know it was someplace online.

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#9 posted 11-30-2012 04:41 AM

Very nice…almost to nice to walk on…..socks only LOL…

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 01:10 PM

Wow, that zebrawood really makes these stairs stand out! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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