Glue advice (UGH! I need to add height to a stair riser)

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Forum topic by bozekk posted 01-19-2012 03:53 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2012 03:53 AM

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Hi All,

Disclaimer. I screwed up. I am doing my first stair project at my home. I am using those tread overlays and I pre-cut the the risers and they are 3/4 inch too short. Why? Because stupid me, I ended up forgetting that I remove the nosing of the tread.

Happily, I have the type tread overlay with trim that extends down. Here’s the idea, I can rip a strip and glue it to the top. This part is not visible and I want a snug fit since this takes place of the missing nosing.

So, if I am correct, I could use a strong glue like a urethane glue to create a strong bond. I am asking if this is really needed or is a good wood glue OK?


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#1 posted 01-19-2012 04:22 AM

I believe wood glue will work but I think I would use construction adhesive.

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 04:28 AM

IF the riser is off, simply use wood glue clamp it together, then wipe away the excess wood glue, you can use construction adhesive to apply the riser, but being that it isn’t the part that you walk on, it is not as necessary, you can probably just use wood glue there as well.

AWI (Architectural woodwork institute) standard says anything over 8 inches has to be glued up to avoid bowing. While I don’t necessarily agree with that, I am merely pointing out that some fancy institute says you should do that anyways.

Stair treads are typically just glued together with regular wood glues. Then adhered to the stringers with construction adhesive, when done well. But even then the construction adhesive isn’t really “required”.

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 04:32 AM

I use titebond glues on everything, I dont think I have ever had a proper glue joint fail.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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