Stairs for Our New Haus #7: Dry Fit - #1

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Blog entry by schroeder posted 08-14-2011 05:28 AM 2114 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Batching the parts.... Part 7 of Stairs for Our New Haus series Part 8: Two Gallons of Finish and I'm ready to put up 1/2 the stairs..... »

I can’t believe I cut this stuff completely trusting Sketchup and my ability to measure! – And it fits like,....well, like it’s supposed too! – ( and a nigh compliment to my builder for making things square!).

Dry fitted all but the last stair – once thats done, the “sanding begins” – if you’ve worked with Walnut, you know its an unforgiving bitch that shows every blemish or planer mark. Many thanks to Cronk for allowing me access to the Walnut pile! I used every nasty knotty/wild grain piece that I came across – I want the wood to speak for itself. I filled the viods with epox and sanded down – one more step done….


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 05:41 AM

Is there going to be a top rail for this? So far this is looking great, I would love to see the finished product when it is done.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 05:48 AM

Schroeder that is some mighty fine looking wood. Cronk has been a bad boy keeping all that great wood for himself.

Glad he was willing to share.

You have some great friends.

Beautiful set of stairs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 02:03 PM

Very good looking railing. VERY nice workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 05:13 PM

that looks awesome. makes me wish I had stairs in my house.

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 05:39 PM

I noticed that your first post on this blog was 34 days ago. You are moving along nicely! Looking good too!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 08:35 PM

the fun thing is that 10 years ago he hardly knew how saw a board straight with the table saw. Mark has consistently amazed me as he reaches for higher levels of projects just for the challenge. The Gnarley Woodshoppe gets kind of interesting some days as you might imagine -but always fun.

-- cronk, oregon

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 02:32 PM

Thanks all! (especially Cronk ;) – The project is coming together nicely. I am finding a new respecet for the Hall brothers – many of the techniques they used aren’t clear until you use them – what great craftsmen! I’m surprised how fast it’s coming together, working on it weekends and evenings. Hopefully, I’ll fit the bottm part of the rail to the newel post and wrap the post this weekend, then “sanding sanding sanding” I plan on pre-finishing each part and assemble on site. The most fun project I’ve worked on! (guess I say that with every project tho…)


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 03:16 PM

This railing and stairs looks great!!! I bet this thing will be mighty impressive when its all done!


-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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