Spiral stairs

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Project by Puupaja posted 04-27-2013 02:08 PM 1365 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are stairs what I wanted to make for long time…I have had “Fine Woodworking on” bending wood book in our toilet reading for years so if have read this article in second picture many many times. It shows how easy is make stairs like that…but in real life I now KNOW it`s not that easy. I am pretty satisfied for final result althougt it took much more time than I thought (I stopped counting in 200 hours total maybe + 300h). I also installed led stripes in steps but they haven`t switched electricity yet.


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#1 posted 04-27-2013 02:11 PM

You’ve done a wonderful job on making these stairs. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 02:26 PM

Amazing build and I can uderstand that this could not of been easy! What a great job!

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

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 02:41 PM

Fantastic work ,great looking stairs.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 03:20 PM

Great accomplishment!

-- Dave M. - Liberty Township, Ohio

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 04:52 PM

Elegant! Lots of thoughtful planning and precision went into this. a project to be proud of. I have trouble with straight lines…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 07:59 PM

excellent job!

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 10:11 PM

A tip of the hat this is just Fabulous !

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 02:23 AM

Incredible talent you have! Thanks for sharing this. Congrats.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 02:59 AM

The under shot with the newel post is really dreamy. It all is come to think of it.
The slender transparent look with sharp black and white is sheer elegance.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 12:36 PM

A real masterpiece. And very tastefully done. I think this is just magnificent.

BTW – there are also excellent instructions on the “This is Carpentry” blog on doing complex stair work.


-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 01:33 PM

Major kudos! This is some outstanding work!

-- PaulMayer,

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 01:46 PM

Very nice. What material was used for stringers? Layered plywood? I’m Guessing yes because there is a finished veneer underneath. Which begs the question, what is the material underneath the staircase? It does not appear to,be drywall.

I have framed a few spiral staircases where the most common and affordable means is stick framing each rise and tread to the subfloor and utilizing the space underneath as storage. I have framed a couple sets using layered plywood as stringers. The underside is always a challenge for the finishers, usually drywall. I have never stayed long enough to learn how it was dealt with.

Anyway… Fantastic job. I have never finished a spiral set (applied finished treads, balusters, etc..) I’m envious.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#13 posted 04-28-2013 04:58 PM

Thank`s for your nice words.. (sorry about my bad english) inside stringer have 9 layers of 6 mm plywood and outside stringer has 6 9mm plywood, risers are made from birch, I glued 3 mm mdf over those and finished with oak veneer. Underneat is first 4 mm plywood and then I glued 3 mm mdf to get decent surface( It wasn`t the easiest job). I took many pictures while doing stairs maybe some day if I have time I`ll write blog of making it..


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#15 posted 04-30-2013 04:01 PM

Impressive work on that awesome spiral stairs. Shows great talent and skills making one. Looking forward to the blog.

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