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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 02-26-2013 06:56 AM 1346 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Four years before we married, Joyce fulfilled a dream. She purchased a home of her own. It was a very nice, solid, two-story built in 1900. One big catch, those early craftsmen didn’t foresee her queen-size bed when they built the tight turn and narrow stairs to the bedrooms.

The Manly Solution: Create a queen-size hole through the plaster lath with a sawzall. The bed went up and she celebrated by tearing all the old wallpaper down. The devastation set off months of weekend commuting between the stairway and my trusty ShopSmith Mark V.

The clear white pine casework was designed to compliment the era of the home. Every element was shop-made. The arch provides needed headroom at the landing. The project cemented a wonderful DIY partnership.

Stairway to Heaven? One of my fellow Lumber-Jokers will take the bait.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.





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oldnovice

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 07:30 AM

This stairway to heaven must lead to the fully stocked workshop … I am not going to take your bait!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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DeLayne Peck

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 07:46 AM

I wasn’t counting on you, Hans. You have a great sense of humor, but I haven’t seen you stray to the salty side.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 10:00 AM

For me, I would be hoping for a workshop also. Although I wouldn’t want it upstairs.

Beautiful work.

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

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:14 PM

I’m new,,, but not THAT new :-)

Nice job on the re-fab

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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ldl

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:09 PM

I don’t know Monte. It would be easier to tote individual pieces up stairs and the finished one down than visa-vesa.

Great job on the redesigning the stairwell.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Roger

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:19 PM

Nice trim work. I hear Led Zeppelin in my head right now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Campzeke

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 01:59 PM

Outstanding job. I am sure it will be admired for the next 100 years.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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gawthrrw

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 02:21 PM

Love the design. Very creative!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 02:31 PM

The only thing I can think of is, my shopsmith is very portable, wasn’t there a place you could set it up in
the house or garage to eliminate the commuting and concentrate more on the fun upstairs? Sounds like
you have a keeper for DIY partner.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DeLayne Peck

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 04:13 PM

Gus, needed way too much stuff. We did go on to put walls, doors, ceiling tile and build closets in the basement. She bought her own Ryobi table saw and we used the hell out of it. Owns a table saw – that exceeds my definition of a keeper!

The Best Comeback trophy goes to Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga!!!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 02-27-2013 02:15 AM

You 2 look like a good team! I ain’t touchin that “stairway to heaven line!”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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zzzzdoc

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 03:17 AM

Someone will come up with a good line.

And the forests will echo with laughter.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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DeLayne Peck

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 05:15 AM

I wonder what the LJS record is for the most ”Ducking and Dodging” on a single post?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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~Julie~

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#14 posted 02-28-2013 06:15 PM

You’ve given me some ideas… and I also like the stair finishing.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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