Kerfing and bending a stair tread

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Forum topic by bozekk posted 09-05-2011 12:57 AM 1516 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2011 12:57 AM

I am installing new stair tread overlays. I have found the retrotread and another tread overlay that does not have the moulding that the retrotread has. Both are 5/8 inch thick. Problem is my stair case. Stringers have a cap molding that extends into the stair case by 1/2 inch. Builder nailed and glued and removing the cap is proving to damage the riser.

I have cut some prototype treads out of 1/2 inch OSB. Obviously this flexes but helped me understand where to bend tread. Looks like I need to cut kerfs in the center up to about 50% of the tread depth. Don’t want to ruin integrity of tread but trying to figure if anyone has done something like this can can share anything?


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#1 posted 09-27-2011 04:39 AM

I have built a fair amount of stair systems over the years but am having trouble picturing what you are discribing. Do you have any pics you can send me and I might have a solution for you.

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 12:20 AM

I agree with everyone else photos might follow.
I cant imagine a tread being very strong when losing alot of its integrity but I think I just dont follow what you are getting at.

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