Stairs for Our New Haus #1: Sketchup first - the Plan

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Blog entry by schroeder posted 07-11-2011 03:16 PM 2725 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I built out new house last year and I decided that I would make the stairs. I am a fan of Greene and Greene and admire the Hall Bros. work on staircases so I designed the stairs in the “GnG” style. It’s going to be a big project to work on in evenings and spare time, but I have more time than money – so that works out.
The stock is all air dried Black Walnut with Mountain Mahogany accents. Rails run from 1” to 3 1/2 “ thick – I designed the paneling for the wall, but will focus on the stair to start. Lotsa Mortise and Tenenon work and tricky fitting, but the house is square and I’ll just take it “one step at a time…” I’m starting on the upper landing “cattle guard” first and have started roughing out the pieces – should have a test fit later this week. – its going to be a fun project, have been looking forward to it!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 03:25 PM

Those look beautiful. One thing to be aware of is that stairs, especially the railings, have some fairly stringent code requirements, so that infants can’t squeeze through and fall over the edge. Your top railing may end up needing to be improved at the bottom where the open space is.

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