|Project by Sawdust2||posted 12-07-2012 04:10 AM||1402 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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.