Walnut and Maple Staircase

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Project by Sanding2day posted 12-23-2013 09:10 AM 1738 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 18” staircase was an order providing a means for a Chihuahua to reach the client’s bed. Fun little project consisting of Maple Cabinet Ply with 3” risers and 5” runs cut on the bandsaw. Rounded over Walnut steps with dados cut for glued emplacement onto the ply and sections of Maple cut to cover the Ply on each step. One Oak brace was placed in the middle bottom using pocket holes screws.

The top step was placed at a 45 in order to attain the desired height using on hand ply supply and was locked in with two inverted nails and glue. I was initially conflicted about this configuration but believe it adds a nice element given the user. Sanded to 320 and finished with a single coat of semi-gloss poly on the inside and two coats on the outside.

This project certainly makes me wish I had a 2nd floor as I would really like to make full size steps for an actual staircase. Really like the look of finished Walnut steps. One day perhaps…

-- Dan

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 11:51 AM

I don’t quite understand how a 45 degree top step is a good idea?

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 12:05 PM

:) I am not going to say that it is a good idea… But in theory will allow a slope into and out of the bed… Awaiting feedback to determine if any issues exist with the top steps slope.

-- Dan

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 02:00 PM

Well good news, Mojito the Chihuahua this was made for, has accepted the design and is reported to be navigating the stairs up and down well :)

-- Dan

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 04:04 PM

That is so cute, I know a few dogs who would like that. Great build for man’s best friend.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 05:18 PM

If Mojito the Chihuaua say it’s ok then who am I to argue with him. It’s perfect. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 07:42 PM

Thanks Todd… Am of the same opinion Charles… I honestly was concerned that it would be an issue as stated it was just what I viewed as the best option given the specific measurements and limited matching ply material on hand. The other alternative was to extend it out with another box on the end but this kept it lighter and seems to have done the trick :)

-- Dan

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