Stairs for Our New Haus #9: Half way Point - Makes Me More Nervious than when I got Married!

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Blog entry by schroeder posted 09-30-2011 02:09 AM 1932 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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½ Done! – Whoop-Whoop!. I often wonder what people who are also insomniacs, but without a shop do in the wee hours of the morning, o-well, this is what’s been keeping me up nights. The stairs are coming along nicely. Two coats of sealer and three coat of semi-gloss poly. There are some spots in the railing that I’m not happy with, but everyone keeps telling me “I’m the only one who will know…” – but, that’s who I’m building for, so that logic doesn’t really help much, but they were minor considering the monster I designed – many-many mortises, but, thanks to a square starting point it’s coming along well. Next is the risers, Ebony plugs and then the small pieces her and there to finish it up – slow but steady (my client is a real A-hole).


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 02:20 AM

That is an impressive task! Looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 03:32 AM

This is being a monumental work.

Your choice of walnut grain pattern is paying out with beauty. That wood speaks for itself: terrific.

NIce design.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 03:37 AM

Beautiful staircase with great choice of wood. There will be no sliding down this bannister!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 04:33 AM

Looking great! I like your design.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 05:36 AM

Wow: It’s coming together great. Beautiful.

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

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 12:06 PM

looks great…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 02:17 PM

but everyone keeps telling me “I’m the only one who will know…” – but, that’s who I’m building for
Man, I get that. It drives you nuts when you can’t stop seeing a spot you feel you messed up on. This house has a lot of rich wood going on. Nice to see something different…........

-- mike...............

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 02:40 PM

That customer of yours is a tough sell. I have one just like him.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 05:23 PM


-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 05:51 PM

Wow that is really remarkable!

-- Chris

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 06:02 PM

This is beautiful beautiful work with amazing wood. The thing I can’t help but think is how this does not meet code . It does not have a continuous hand rail and parts of it appears not be 35” high to the nose of the tread unless there’s more to come after you lower hand rail system is completed, I would be concerned about the liability involved even if your local building department will never see it.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 10-01-2011 12:52 AM

Thanks all – I appreciate the kind words – looking forward to seeing it finished out….

Jim I understand your concern for the rail meeting code, but my house is built, I don’t need any inspections anymore, and really…., I could put up 3 strand Bob-wire and the County would have nothing to say about it. The rails are slightly less height than code, but plenty high and stout for safety – on the off chance we had to sell the house, I can always put up a continuous rail on the wall side or retro fit an addition – but thanks for your concern.


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 10-01-2011 07:22 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

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#14 posted 10-01-2011 07:48 PM

WOW. I love it. Great work.

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#15 posted 10-01-2011 08:04 PM

This is looking beautiful.

VERY nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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