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Project by Donlore posted 03-10-2010 03:49 AM 3863 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have built many sets of stairs over the years, but this is only my second set of spiral stairs. The first set I built were out of treated lumber on a two story deck overlooking a lake.

-- Don, Indiana, http://www.rusticcocoon.com





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 04:46 AM

These are really beautiful. Take it as a complete compliment when I say that I am truely certain that this is something I never want to attempt.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 05:05 AM

Wow, some day… maybe… but not now, for me.

That is very nice!

Did the customer request the alternating pattern on the treads, or did they give you carte blanche on this project?

Either way, this is definitely fantastic, both in design and execution.

Do you have any other pictures, from different vantage points?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Donlore

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 05:18 AM

The pattern was my idea. The walnut came from a bank remodel job I was a part of. It was the old trim from the offices. They were going to throw it all out!!

-- Don, Indiana, http://www.rusticcocoon.com

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 05:23 AM

Well great job repurposing it then!

What’s coming down (or out), must go up, right? ;)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 05:47 AM

Amazing! I could watch someone do that over & over again. I would eventually be able to ask some questions. That is great work!

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 05:50 AM

Great Lookin Stairs

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 06:13 AM

Really beautiful Stairs. Beautiful work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 06:37 AM

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 06:44 AM

Very nice work, a lot goes into doing this, did you steam bend the wood?

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 07:09 AM

Just Awesome. The grain just is great and the laminated wood takes the cake.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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YoungJock20

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 07:14 AM

That is an amazing site. I love the idea of using multiple colors per tred. The whole picture is just wonderful! On another note, thank you for being one of the people that reuses perfectly good woods!! I actually just got a load of wood doors, trim and jambs from a job site I was at. There is no reason to throw away wood just becuase it was this or that before, you CAN use it for something else!!! Good Job again!!!

MP

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 07:48 AM

Looks great! Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 03-10-2010 09:28 AM

What a beautiful staircase,

-- Scott in Texas

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 02:13 PM

WOW, OMG and Holy S_!!! That is an incredible display of craftsmanship. Beutiful job and keep up the good work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Donlore

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 04:58 PM

The curved handrail is bent laminated, with the material milled to 1/4” thick. I built gluing brackets that I clamped to the treads and used ureaformaldehyd glue because it’s very slow setting and hard. I glued in layers of three, letting the glue cure for 24 hours before un-clamping and then glue another three layers onto the rail.
I made sure I wore a good mask while using this type of glue and it took a lot of clamps. I had to make three sections to have enough length for the full run of the stairs. I think I must have looked at every site I could find on building spiral stairs before I started. Woodweb.com was a wealth of information, if you don’t know this site, check it out. There are no good books on this subject that I could find and I wanted to do my homework before I started, I didn’t want to get half way through and the realize I screwed up. It also helps that I’ve built dozens of sets of straight stairs over the years.

-- Don, Indiana, http://www.rusticcocoon.com

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