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04-15-2012 05:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stairs tread oak question joining

Upfront I wanna thank anyone who has any input here, My buddy is wanting to replace his carpet covering on the steps with the big blue box store treads, 5/8”x42”, The top seven steps incased between to walls,35 inches of tread needed there, bottom 5 steps on one side is open with railing. These treads would need to be atleast 43 3/8” in order to go from opposite wall to edge of open end. My thoughts were to use the drop from the 35 inch peices to laminate an inch to each of the five bottom treads , to bring them to 43, then after glue is cured, cut to actual size. Making sure that these ends to be place along the wall side, as the open end gets a return peice attached,I pryed up the ply that was under the carpet and noted 2x material framed in like a box ,to where there is someting solid under all for sides of tread, so I hope that 3/8’s extension would be ok since its got the majority of the solid tread sitting on the 2x,,,,Would this be acceptable? whats ya’lls thoughts on this, any input, advise or critizism definitly needed, I attached pics of the treads im using? Also tips or experience on the actual blue would be so much appreciated, With that attached profile I just dont want to do a crap job for him,lol,,Thanks ya


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#1 posted 04-15-2012 08:03 AM

Hi jpc,

I have done almost exactly what you are considering for a old farm house up the road from you in Smithfield. The lady asked me if I could use the scraps from when I did her foyer stairs, to re-do a back hallway set of stairs. I was a little reluctant at first, but the job came out fine. Yes it will work. The only problem would be from not getting a really clean cut on the wood. You are basically creating a butt joint. Butt joints will show more of a glue line because of the end grain tear out. I would not put the glue up towards the inside of the stair because it will contrast with the stair stringer/trim. I would leave it at the railing/return side. It will look more like it was manufactured…...... instead of a “oooops” cover up. The balusters will hide alot of the glue lines depending how close they are to the returns. I have seen quite a few Retro-Treads that have segented ends with more cuts than you are doing.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 10:54 AM

Hey shipwreck, thanks for responding.After reading what you said about which end to put the extension on, I think your right about putting it on the railing side, I totally didnt think about the railing obstructing the view some what.Any thoughts on cuting and mating the peice;s? Im just a little concerned with the profile and everything matching up when the clamps come off? Maybe im overthinking it, lol, thanks

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 11:30 AM

I wouldnt worry about it. I think it will look perfectly normal. Use a good sharp blade and tape the wood to help prevent some tear out. Glue it up like you would with any other project. If the joint shifts a little during glue up, you cab smooth it with a block plane or sand paper. Once the finish is applied, it should look great.

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 12:56 PM

I think your right, im about to leave work and probibly start to knock them out today, thanks for your help

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