Entry tread-grid Stairs for Sand

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Project by JCWoodworks posted 07-28-2013 02:38 AM 1541 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Front entry stairs designed to drain daily trodden in sand, and no slip in heavy rains.

Took way to long but here is what I used:

Ipe 5/4 material ripped to 2 inch wide for stair lip, biscuit joints with titebond 3 and trim screws
Tread-grid of clear Western Red Cedar ripped into 1×1s with spacers, screwed and glued as a stack
Mahogany for vertical kick plate corners
Standard pressure treated 1×10 framing with Peel and stick rubber flashing over all horizontal framing surfaces
1 inch round 1w stainless steel waterproof LED lights, a bit of a spaceship look at night my wife says…

With the ipe cantilevered lip, cedar did flex a bit with heavy traffic so in year two I added Stainless 1/8 flat bar epoxied in 3/4 dados. Drilled it and screws thru stainless flat bar to allow removal of treads, and no visible fasteners.

A friendly neighborhood cat took to sunning itself shortly thereafter.

-- JCWoodworks

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 03:29 AM

Jeffery: A beautiful front steps. Nice job on them.

Do you lift it up periodically to get rid of the sand.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 09:28 AM

Very Nice! Great job on it!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 10:43 AM

Very nice work, looks great.

-- John, Illinois,

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 11:31 AM

very nice front steps, great job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 12:53 PM

I think I’d almost feel bad walking on steps that nice. Beautiful work.

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 03:49 PM

Sweet job on this project!

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#7 posted 07-28-2013 05:38 PM

Very nice look. It has a nautical theme, like a swim platform on a yacht.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#8 posted 07-28-2013 10:15 PM

Very nice stairs, you did a great job..well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 02:41 PM

Wow! That looks fantastic and functional, awesome design and build.

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 05:04 PM

This is amazing,,, one of the best entry ways I have looked at!

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

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