Open curved stair case

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Here is a project I did several years ago. This was a fun but time consuming. Before I got started I had to build a temporary in place half radius 2×4 wall to the inside of the center beam. Then I glued / laminated 36 pieces of 1/4” plywood until I got to the thickness I needed for the the beam. I removed the 2×4 frame then I cut out the step and riser portion of the beam. Once I had that, I laminated one more layer of 1/4” oak plywood to the outside of it. For the steps I used 2 layers of 3/4 plywood glued together. After I got the steps on I had to build another framework on the outer part of the steps to make the railing.
It took my about a month to do build them. They lead up to a master bedroom.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 08:05 PM

Awesome job Mark. Layout on a spiral stair is complicated to say the least.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 09:25 PM

Simply stunning, wish I had one!


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#3 posted 03-12-2013 09:31 PM

Your craftsmanship is stunning! I like it a lot .

-- "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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#4 posted 03-12-2013 09:31 PM

Simmothewoodturner, I was going to say it can be arranged but you are too far away..LOL!

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 09:50 PM

Beautiful and well made too. I built one years ago out of steel so I know how complicated it is. How many folks have said, “did you really build that?!!”

-- $tudie

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 03:09 AM

Well done I have spent last 200+ hours making spirals stairs and they are not ready yet…


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#7 posted 03-13-2013 08:57 AM

Really nice…. Love the color of the wood

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 10:31 AM

I like it, neat

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 10:34 AM

Good job Mark.

Not too many tradesman that are willing to tackle work like that on their own.

Want a job? LOL!

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 01:35 PM

Great looking stairway, but how did you get the inspectors to pass that without an inside railing? Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 02:17 PM

Tony, Always looking for work!!!

Gus, The stairs did not fit the model the inspector is used to inspecting. So he said convince him why he should pass them. My theory was, going up and down you tend to lean toward the outside where the railing is and it was true, he walked up and down them several times, and like a car going around a curve it wants to drift to the outside he was convinced and passed them. I worked with this guy on several jobs so I had a repore with him. However, this was several years ago and probably wouldn’t get by nowadays.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 03:15 PM

Excellent work. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 03-13-2013 03:16 PM

Wow! Looks great!

-- christopheralan

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 12:01 AM

I’ll bet it’s interesting to get a king sized mattress up there…

Outstanding work, Mark.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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