This is my second set of slab steps to date. This set was for my own house so it took a tad longer to finish.
The wood is Douglas Fir and a it was a two step process to mill it up at the beach. The first step was dragging along my nephew to show him how its done(that lasted till we packed everything down to the site/ trimmed the log and set the mill up…...and then I hit one of my lags within the first six inches of the cut….No spare chain, so home we went). Step two was getting back to the log a few weeks later/ digging it out and cleaning off most of the sand and then some basic milling.
The board ends were sealed and then left for a year or so. I had wanted to route out a grid on each step to prevent slipping when wet but the wife talked me into leaving it roughcut ,(ya she made a good call).
I poured two small concrete curbs for the first tread and imbedded four anchors to secure it. For the ’’stringer’’ i used stacked 4”x4” cut and trimmed to fit then glued and lagged together. After a dry fit or two everything was taken apart and had four coats of sealant applied. Reassembled and all bolt and screw holes plugged and stained.
Rough slab measurement 3” thick, width up to 27” overall tread length 80”
pic1-the victim, pic2 cutting ends off, pic3setting up mill, pic4trial fit, pic5/6finished step
Sorry for no actual milling pics.