Modern stairs.

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Project by CooperK posted 04-30-2014 05:23 AM 2021 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldnt find anyone to build me some stairs without the bullnose overhang on each step to save my life. I know nothing about building stairs but figured i’d give it a shot. I had to glue, and clamp each step and riser together then install it as a a single piece starting from the bottom up. Now I know why know one would do it for me. Unfortunately the clear coat turned out a little foggy. Did we install a railing? No, but thats ok, if you fall off you just land on the couch. :)

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 08:48 AM

I like it…. The open look is great…. Did you think of using pocket screws on the inside to fasten? Very nice….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 09:16 AM

That’s really cool, nice job.

but – probably won’t be able to sell the house w/o a guard rail

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 11:07 AM

Looks nice! Now you know why stairs are built with bullnoses – makes them MUCH easier to assemble! ;-)

I have to say, though, that they look really dangerous without any railing or handrail – certainly not up to any safety code I know of….... all joking about “falling on the couch” aside, you really need to think about the safety of those that use these stairs.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 03:13 PM

A bullnose on stairs is a typical building code requirement, that’s probably why no one would do your job.

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 04:18 PM

Bull nose or tread overhang wasn’t a factor when it came to building code as long as the tread was at least 10 inches. It used to be 9 inches but it was changed I think in 2012. At least in LA county. As for the railing, that was not to code. We did end up selling the house and gave the buyers a credit for a railing of their liking.

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 04:32 PM

Pocket screws probably would have worked great but I didn’t think of it at the time. Great idea Ken. I used buiscuts when I pre assembled the tread and riser then nailed each section into place with some liquid nails on the frame to prevent any squeaking later on.

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 08:45 PM

Building code aside, why would a bull nose make the stairs safer ? I grew up in a house with cement stairs covered in carpeting so without bullnose. In the public buildings around me (at least here in France), I see lots of straight nose stairs, except that close to the drop, they usually have a non-skid strip made of special paint or non-skid mat or simply even a few groves. Any ideas ?

Cooper, your stairs look cool.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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