1/2 scale stairs

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Project by jjempson posted 04-01-2014 03:35 PM 2098 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This had been built as a teaching aid for my joinery students. .. One of their main projects is to name and understand each and every components of a straight flight. ..
All made from Red wood and Birch ply. ..
All sections done to scale including the studs..
making the small raised panels was fun but probably broke most health and safety rules in the process. ...
a poly varnish finish will be applied once I’m up to date with my joyous paper work. .
Thanks for looking and reading

-- jjempson

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 04:01 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 04:20 PM

Very Cool

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 04:43 PM

wow, very cool

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 10:03 PM

Nice. I was wondering what the purpose of 1/2 scale stairs was, so I’m glad I got that cleared up too! I’m impressed at the level of commitment to your teaching, instead of just pointing them to a textbook.

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 09:33 AM

Text books have their place in education. .. But in today’s world their is so much enrichment available for the students to learn its mind boggling.. Some learn visually. . Some learn practically. .. Either way is nice to go old school and build it from scratch working it out on actually paper. .. making jigs. .. getting dirty and learning from mistakes and getting over them in the correct manner. No filler


-- jjempson

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 10:06 AM

Good construction on the stairs. The only thing I would change/improve is the kickblocks (that’s what we call them) on the underside of the tread. Rather than three small blocks spaced apart, I would run one continuous piece from stringer to stringer,stopping about 2” from either stringer.
Typically, on older stairs that squeak, this is where the problem is.

Teach them well!! It’s very disappointing here in Canada how little is taught about stairs in school. Graduating Journeymen know little to nothing about stairs or railing.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 01:07 PM

Nice work.
You teach well.

Now, let us (with tongue in cheek) teach you something. ;-) Not to be nasty.

Hold your phone sideways so the picture is wide, not tall, then I don’t have to turn my head sideways to see your photos!!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 01:22 PM

Lol …Don
No offence taken….
In my defence. ... It was 9.30pm… Just finished a whole day of teaching then did a 3 hour evening class for basic jobs For beginners…. To be honest your lucky I managed to hold the camera at all. ...:)
Sorry for any neck ache caused
All the best. .jamie

-- jjempson

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 01:24 PM

You did a great job on it and it should be a wonderful teaching aid.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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