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Blog entry by Budman posted 04-25-2007 09:50 PM 1377 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, this is my first blog post on the LumberJocks website.
I plan to use this blog as a journal of my shop activities and projects.
The next project on my list is to build some stairs for our loft in the apartment. For over a year now we have been using my fiberglass ladder and I think it’s finally time to do something about it.

I have purchased a couple of 2” x 12”’s for the stringers, and will probably start cutting them this weekend..


-- Rick

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#1 posted 04-25-2007 10:10 PM

Suggestion: you might want a third stringer for your steps. (One for the middle of a 32-36” wide stairway?)

My Step-Dad had a “fiberglass stairway” to the first floor of a remodel project home he worked on for at least 10-15 years. It worked….it could even handle my weight! He finally asked me” “How do you build a stairway?” (This after he wasted about $250 in wood trying he told me) We spent a short afternoon and like magic he had steps! It makes things a lot easier.

Good luck and keep us informed.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 05:14 PM

Well, It’s been a few weeks…

I did cut the two stringers I had for my steps… My plan was to make an ‘open’ staircase with 2 stringers, and the thick treads overhanging on both sides… But, I guess I failed to run that one past my wife… She didn’t like the idea of the treads sticking out into the room (might bump into them), so change of plans… I took PanamaJack’s advice and purchased another 2×12 for a third stinger and made my treads flush.
A stair rail, and a little trim out and we'll be all set...
-Rick a.k.a. Budman

-- Rick

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#3 posted 05-23-2007 07:09 PM

Well that came out nice! Isn’t building a staircase a right of passage for a carpenter? You did a nice job. Anybody can build a stair with two stringers….adding the third creates the component of having all of the tread surfaces coplanar and would be the area where error could be injected into the project. It looks like you worked that out great! Nice job.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-23-2007 08:03 PM

they are so beautiful!!! Nicely done.

(Tom – I’m laughing at the use of your Mr. Spid-ato Man hehe)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 05-24-2007 03:59 AM

Great start! Now, where is the handrail with the turned spindles? Made of some exotic wood no less. Your wife must be very patient(For over a year now we have been using my fiberglass ladder). Thanks for the pictures.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 05-24-2007 04:34 AM

I thought I’d go back and forth between Spid-ato Man and Potato Parker…depending on my crime fighting mood!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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