Building stairs by Andrew Engel

By Andrew Engel

Stair development combines precision carpentry with difficult math, so even skilled developers can locate it tough. yet as this generally illustrated publication demonstrates, any builder who can degree the space among flooring can plan and construct a gorgeous set of stairs. by way of sincerely laying out the geometry, making plans, and development concerned, writer Andy Engel takes the reader from an easy constitution of framing lumber to a collection of stairs healthy for a king. From development and fitting railings to utilizing off-the-shelf stair components, development Stairs lays out the method truly and fully. the entire reader must is a router, observed, drill, and point. This raising ebook fills in the entire leisure -- step-by-step by means of step.

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Plane with the grain. A sharp 6 I block plane quickly takes the end of the skirtboard down to the scribe line and leaves a nice, straight mating surface. Notching the Inner Skirtboard With the skirtboard fit to the newel and the ceiling, now comes the part that's most likely to scare the uninitiated-laying out and notching the inner skirtboard with its compoundangle miter cut. Good news: This is easy. Using a flat piece of scrap that's the same thickness as the riser (scrap skirtboard works well) and at least a couple of inches taller than the riser height, J make a version of what's known to siding carpenters as a "preacher".

One end receives a straight cut to fit to the outer skirtboard, and the other end is beveled at 45° to fit the mitered skirt board. That's the bevel I'm talking about, the angle at which the blade Be sure to start in the right spot. When marking stock to be cut, align both points of the template that rested on the reference surface-the subtread in this case-on the appropriate edge of the stock. intersects the saw table. The miter angleshow the blade intersects the fence-should be darned close to 90°.

Scribble out the initial mark to avoid mistakenly cutting to it. The riser cuts are compound angles. A sliding compound-miter saw set to the riser angle and a 45° bevel handles the cuts, which are made from the face of the skirtboard. Cut the treads from the stair side ofthe skirtboard. Ease the blade in, starting from the back of the tread, and watch so it doesn't overcut. Note that the reference lines are scribbled out to avoid confusion. the tread cut line. The tread cut is not as critical as the riser cut.

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