Log Cabin staircase

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Project by Quixote posted 07-07-2008 09:34 PM 8249 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stairs to the loft were an afterthought in the design of this cabin. The original plan called for a ladder, but after the owner tried using it, they realized that what looks good on paper wasn’t practical for their use.

With only a few minor exceptions, all the lumber for this is left over or recycled from another part of the cabin build. Most of the stair storage area is recycled from the 2×6 scaffolding used to build the cabin. 3/4 plywood is older from a warehouse and shipping containers. ( Amazing how good that recycled stuff looks after running it through a planer, just bring your metal detector and extra blades.)

None or this cabin was built by professional contractors, all labor was family members working weekends and vacations to erect the structure. I think one of them owned a square and a level…but left it in the truck because the chainsaw is quicker without them….

A contractor was on site trying to install the stairs and other finish work…but quit after attempting to start. Reference the non square build.

I originally showed up on site to install ceramic tile around the woodburning stove platform…which led to finish the drywall, stair construction, paintwork and trim installation.

The tall door comes from 3 leftover 2”x4”s and half a sheet of beadboard, the two shorter doors are the other half of the sheet of beadboard and a couple of 2”x6”s. The tall door at 7” is unique to allow full access to store his step ladder and so Sasquatch won’t have to duck when he comes to visit.

More to the story later.

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 09:50 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-07-2008 10:27 PM

Oh . . . now I see the mixup on the stairs. :-)

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 03:49 AM

Very good job, They look like they lead all the way to the top.
Very good build

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