Working with recycled timber #14: Concrete Cancer almost got me

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-18-2013 11:13 PM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a day at Degoose’s shop checking out his CNC and getting the new Spa powered up I returned home with yet another boot load of his fine timber.

I unloaded everything and stashed it all away and then went to go inside to relax and some refreshments, however as I stepped onto the first step of the stairs it almost broke in half!

What the !! I thought how could that be?

Checking underneath I saw the reason metal corrosion had fractured the step beyond repair

So it was back down stairs to my recycled wood stash.

After rummaging through my recycled stock I found the perfect solution.
So it was back out with the wood working tools this time and set to work.

I am not sure what the timber is but its certainly fixed the initial problem

End view

I then did a further inspection and found sign of more pending problems.

So it looks like I will be looking for quite a lot more of whatever this timber is.

How I produced the first step.

I found a suitable piece the exact width and about 1m long so a used my 1/2 sander and 40 Grit to clean it up
Cut a 5 deg cut on each end with the drop saw making it 910 mm long.

I then set up my drum sander with 60 grit and spent almost half an hour wrestling the monster it in and out of the sander.
Once I was happy with the finish I sanded the chamfer on the edges with the hand sander, and then gave it a generous coat of sanding sealer.
Set it in place and marked out the alignment holes.
Drilled and coach bolted it on from underneath.

Fixed in the short term !!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 11:21 PM

Good thing it only half broke!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 11:39 PM

Glad you are not injured… nice save on the stairs

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 11:43 PM

What a beak (not just literally either) that it ended without serious injury. I bet this is more common that we may think. But wood is an abundant resource and just right for the repair

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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