Deluxe Basement #2: Stairway to Hell

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 05-19-2013 12:30 AM 2139 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once we had a decent working opening to the basement, I made my fourth and last iteration of the plan for the staircase with the actual opening dimensions. This is where the parents saw it starting to pay-off: we bought for 250€ worth of nice heart pine boards (five 2m40 by 60 cm) to build the whole thing, and I got the sister involved in helping me out to cut the lumber into the needed parts.

crazy sist kept seeing funny critters in the boards’ patterns ;) we aren’t a family of artists for nothing!

I made the stairs in blocks of two, using the grain direction to add extreme strength where I needed it to be and keep the vertical walls/supports to a useful minimum. The steps are 20 cm deep each, and once the dados and endgrain supporting portions are taken out we remain with ~35 cm wide cabinets for the shelves, which has proved to be perfect. I used glue, screws and dowels to secure each pair of steps to the connecting things which name I don’t know in EN (“contre-marche” en français, baby)

You can see that all the horizontal rails are supported on the endgrain of the vertical separators. Those are heavily screwed in place and don’t move at all.

This last picture shows the last two steps, which form a 90 degree angle to the right while keeping a 60 cm wide step size. This block will also be used to hold the ventilation system and the control computer (I’ll use one of our old laptops with a USB sensors and control board). The staircase is installed in the left side of the basement, and the right side wall is fitted with wooden shelves with plywood backing boards, and to prevent moisture from developping I installed computer fans between the wall and the backs to move the air, and it works great.

Here you can see all the finished parts ready to be installed in their home. I’ll take pictures of the finished basement this summer when going back there.


-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 10:48 AM

Well done

-- Waleed Waheed

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 03:21 PM

Hey I’ve seen thzt same bug your sister saw there many times myself, and no , I don’t drink (save a little Riesling now and again) (:-{o)

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 01:47 AM

Trying my best to understand this project. Looking forward to seeing the outcome

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 04:38 PM

This is what it will look like when I get back there and manage to shoot a wide picture :)

with tons of kitchenalia over the shelves, mind you. Imagine the other wall right behind the viewer with shelves up to the ceiling, filled with glassware and useless porcelain plates, a few preserved figs, and you get the picture.

Mind you, I didn’t finese the textures, just slapped an automatic pine texture, the grain is absolutely NOT oriented as depicted here. FYI the grain runs parallel to the horizontal stretchers, vertical along the sides, horizontal from front to back of the pictures for the stairs, vertical for the thing that connects two stairs together, and vertical for the little square blocks behind each odd stair. I distributed the stresses according to wood anisotropy and it works like a charm (you can see part of it in the dry assembly photo above).

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 06-04-2013 10:42 PM

Lovely mouse.
Lovely sister.
Lovely work.
And a wonderful idea for that staricase, this will be a multifunction furniture.
Looks wonderful as it all stands there ready for mount.
Look forward to see the next part of this blog oncde you get back there.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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