Oak stairs and walnut railing

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Project by John posted 02-22-2013 09:52 PM 4407 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After some very careful measurements, two sets of stairs were fabricated in my shop on Long Island and delivered to the job site upstate NY. The original stairs from the early ‘50’s were glued up oak treads, pine risers and fir or pine stingers and were falling apart. Treads cracked at the glue joints, risers loose and treads and risers working their way out if the morticed stingers – a disaster waiting to happen. New stairs – 6/4 poplar stingers, 5/4 one piece oak treads and 4/4 oak risers. Treads and risers morticed into stringers. All joints glued and pocket hole screwed. All parts had one coat of finish on both sides before final fitting and assembly and several coats of finish in the shop. 4 coats on everything. Installation turned out to be a breeze. Finished removal of the existing stairs and installation of both sets of new stairs by 2 PM with a breakfast and lunch break after a 2 1/2 hour drive (left home around 5 AM). I did remove the dry wall on the adjacent walls (except for the wall with the panel molding) and that was replaced another day. The walnut newel posts, handrail, ballusters and gates were all made in my shop and installed after delivery another weekend. BLO on the walnut and two coats of poly. Got the gates installed a week before the baby started to crawl. The gates are removable when they are no longer needed. The jambs on both sides of the gates are screwed to the newel posts.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 10:20 PM

Pretty fine job! Well done .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 04:28 PM

Man that looks great and very safe!

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

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 03:46 PM

Awesome projects! Great design and build on that amazing woods. Should be proud of yourself.

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