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Forum topic by CKM posted 04-01-2010 09:20 PM 1936 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2010 09:20 PM

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Hello All,

My brother-in-law has recently pulled up the carpet on his stairs and wants to replace it with maple. My question is about how to construct the treads. It seems like putting down a single piece of wood has the potential to crack over time and that multiple boards glued together would give more strength and room for expansion and contraction. Is this correct? If so, what’s the best way to join these boards, how wide should they be, etc. I’ve never built stair treads before and am looking for any advice on how to do this in the best manner. Thanks in advance for any help with this.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 12:07 AM

You probably want to glue up narrower boards to avoid the wide one’s cupping. A number of 2.5 or 3” wide boards glued into a plank with the growth rings alternating up and down will even that out.

This Stair Co. sells “replacement” treads that are 1/2” thick with a built up bullnose edge meant to go over existing stairs probably after cutting the existing tread back a bit and replacing or covering the risers too. That looks like a good idea.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 04:41 PM

Thanks for the information on the glue and for the link to the website. I will definitely check the site out.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 09:13 PM

CKM,, I did my treads and risers from these guys. You can even buy them prefinished with a catalyzed varnish, just cut to size. Treads are full 1” thick hard maple, used miller dowels. Treads are multi board glue ups and are as stable as can be. Matches my hard maple floors in my house. They also have risers and stair parts.

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 10:20 PM

I was going to suggest the same as UnionLable. You can buy the treads already made up with a bull nose and finished leaving only cutting them to size.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 05:07 PM

Thanks for the suggestions on this. We’re looking at a number of different web sites and we’ll add this one to the list. I appreciate the help.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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