White Oak Winding Staircase.

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Project by Mike posted 06-07-2015 06:02 PM 1777 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently completed all the finish carpentry at a friend’s new house. Included in that was this winding staircase that goes up half a floor to bedrooms over the garage. They did not want the stairs to come straight into the room since it would take up too much room. A landing would not work either because then the stairs would have come down in front of a doorway. So winding stairs were the way to go. The hardest part was getting everything to meet the code for winding stairs especially the handrail at the wall.

The staircase is made of 1-3/4 and 1-1/2 white oak with antique bronzed ballusters. I used loose mortise and tenon joints to put together the stringers and handrails using a router jig I made to use with a bushing. The most stressful part was I had to first construct the stairs in the basement since the floors were being finished at the same time. Then took it all apart and moved it up stairs. Thankfully everything fit together nicely and my friend and his wife are very happy in their new home.

-- Mike, Rhode Island

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 08:30 PM

Nice work! – the winding staircase is more interesting than straight anyway and adds value to the place

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 03:24 AM

Great work, I love white oak.

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 09:48 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. This was a challenging but fun project.

-- Mike, Rhode Island

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 02:06 AM

A work of art! – Nice!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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