Walnut Staircase Assembly

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Project by Ted posted 05-07-2012 05:48 PM 2959 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In ‘08 I was hired as a helper to assemble this walnut staircase. Once the floating stringers and a few treads were in place, they saw I knew what I was doing and left me to finish the whole project. It runs 3 stories, from the basement to the 2nd floor. I only did the assemble as they delivered the parts. The painters finished it after I was gone, thus no finished photos.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 07:36 PM

This is simply beautiful … congratulates wow!

-- dreluks

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 07:37 PM

Whoa! What a project! It’s incredible.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 07:50 PM

Whoa. Looks like a lot of work. Way to go!!

-- Marcos, California

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 08:24 PM

Thanks all, it was about a month long project. But keep in mind I didn’t make the pieces, I just assembled them.

A short story… the company then had me go around to other staircases and finish/repair what their installers didn’t finish/screwed up. About a year later I ran into one of their installers at Home Depot, he told me the company went belly-up. They had a few really good installers, but also a lot who didn’t know a plumb bob from a yo-yo, and the company took on way more work than they could handle. Too bad, it was a fun job.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 09:54 PM

Nice work, I know how difficult stair railings can be. We have a staircase that takes two 45 degree turns as it ascends, thus many compound angle cuts. I remember one 1×8 trim board that was shaped like an “H” and had compound cuts and notched around posts at both ends. That was a head-scratcher but it came out well.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 11:00 PM

They painted over that! Sacralige!!!!!!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 01:55 AM

That looks good, I agree with DouginVa, if I caught someone painting over that, they would be drawn and quartered!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 02:17 AM

Very cool stairs! I’m guessing the painters did not paint it but were the ones who finished it.?

-- Kevin - Rochester, MN

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 05:56 AM

elegant design of staircase with perfect matched newel post, wonderfull

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 06:06 AM

@KevinWelp – yeah, but I wasn’t around to see it. However, while I was assembling the staircase, they were busy in the rest of the 10,000 sq ft house sloshing dark walnut stain on the walnut trim.

@mahadevwood – I wish I could say I designed it, or even made the parts. I was just the installer :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 08:54 AM

wow I wish you had pictures with the finish. I bet it really pops!

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 01:35 PM

Now that is a project…. Congrats on them letting you run it…. I love black walnut. I’m just finishing an outdoor table for our patio.

Nice work.

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

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 02:05 PM

Nice work.
Even though you didn’t design or fabricate, the install fit and finish look great.
Makes me want to get to finishing my single story straight run stairs, but they will have to wait a little longer.

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

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#14 posted 05-09-2012 04:52 PM

Very nice work.

I am puzzled by the photos as how the stair are actually held up; in particular
in photo 5 I thought there should be something below the posts or some other mechanism
to hold the inner side of stairs?! How are they secured/stable on the side that is not attached to the wall?

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 05-09-2012 05:02 PM

Totally pro Bro! Love the work & appreciate it since I am in the trades too:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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