Basement stairs to the shop

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Project by ytsejamr posted 2176 days ago 3491 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I consider my first woodworking project. I wanted to refinish the stairs that lead down to my basement workshop. The original treads were poorly stained pine. I cut off the noses and put 3/4” Walnut on top. The risers are 1/4” maple ply. The treads are attached with screws and plugs. The risers have plugs, but they’re for show only. They were glued and tacked. I used my router table for the first time to make the cove molding that is under the lip of the noses.

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#1 posted 2176 days ago

That looks great. The plugs were deffinately worth the trouble. I like the trim work too

-- --Gene Plumley--

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Dan M

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#2 posted 2176 days ago

Very nice workmanship and I love the contrast .. the plugs definitely make the look .. now I just need to have you over to redo my basement stairs

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#3 posted 2176 days ago

Great looking job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 2176 days ago

Very nice, and great workmanship…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Patrick Jaromin

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#5 posted 2176 days ago

Excellent…very unique and interesting look. Definitely a great way to enter the shop!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2176 days ago

Nice entrance to a shop.

Get you into the wood spirit.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2176 days ago

Really nice! That is a mighty good project to be walking on every day.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2176 days ago

Yeah, it’s been walked on alright. It’s already a bit scratched up due to the 2 cats and the dog. But it’s ok . . . I expected it.

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#9 posted 2176 days ago


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 2176 days ago

Sweet! I really like this. My 2 favorite woods, beautifully done! I love the plugs… I been thinking about carpeting my basement stairs…maybe you give me idea…!


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#11 posted 2176 days ago

Great project. May you be inspired every journey to the shop. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 2176 days ago

Well why not? You might as well start your journey to the shop in style. Those are beautiful. Nice work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 2175 days ago

Wow, I just saw your columns and now this…let’s see the rest of your workshop.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 2175 days ago

Unique and very nice. I like it.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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Callum Kendall

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#15 posted 2175 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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