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Project by Sawdust2 posted 598 days ago 1354 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend had some naked spiral stairs. So I offered to make her some oak stair covers.
“Lets’ go to Home Depot. But they cheat you. You buy a 1×6 and it’s only 3/4×5 1/2””
We went to the borg and priced some oak stair treads.
“Wow. This is going to be expensive”

Then I took her to my favorite hardwood store, Peachstate Hardwoods.
We bought about 30 board foot of rough cut 5/4 oak.

“Your not going to put that ugly looking wood on MY stairs.”

So that’s when I told her about the size conventions and that when you plane all the ugly off the wood it is down to 3/4×5 1/2. She finally understood that she was paying for all the wood that was planed and edged off.

So I glued up the wood to 8’ x 13”, made a template of her steps, cut and planed the wood down to just a skosh more than 1”.

After staining it to match her other furniture I put each tread on the turntable and sprayed it with spar varnish.
Laid all 13 out to dry (put a total of 4 coats on each).

Took them over to her house tonite. Drilled 3 holes in each metal step and screwed the stepcover down from underneath.

She was really pleased. I was amazed at how much better the steps looked when they were done.

Now she wants to market the product!

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 598 days ago

Well done. Metal steps in a house was a bad choice to start with.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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SPalm

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#2 posted 598 days ago

Nice, It looks a lot nicer.
I like it.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 598 days ago

She’ll thank you doubly some chilly morning. Happy holidays to you and yours, Lee!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Sawdust2

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#4 posted 598 days ago

Thanks, Doug. Stay warm out there. How’s your plane collection coming along?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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jm82435

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#5 posted 598 days ago

Much better. Sounds like you just got another side business.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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