So, look at this beauty...
That there is a staircase we built the other day. An old fashioned, notch-the-damn-treads-into-the-stringers staircase, good for probably a million plus trips and/or the occasional death by falling/murder. And if that wasn't enough, we built an even longer one!
There's the boys workin' on it, right there! You can see the notches already routed into the stringer. There are treads and riseers stacked to the right. They get slid in with glue and then wedged into place with...uh...wedges, and shims, which are also glued into place. Like so:
That is the back side. See the wedges and shims and how they are all glued in? When you've got the whole system glued together with a quality glue, in this case Titebond III, it's damn near indestructible!
While they assembled the big guy, I whipped up this little number to support the last stair tread, which will curve around the newel post and back into the carriage, sort of Poor Folks Grand.
All in all, a great day of carpentry ending with delivery on Friday.
Only one thing could have made it better.
The staircase could have been the right size.
Seems there was a little miscommunication regarding the length of each step. Just one itty-bitty inch, but wouldn't ya know it, those little inches add up. Each step longer, the rise (vertical measurement) remaining the same, the angle of decline ends up shallower and all of a sudden the 6 feet 8 inches required by the building code between each step and the landing or ceiling above kind of....disappears.
One good thing about a problem like that; you don't have to stand around scratching your head for an hour trying to think up what to do. The staircase must get lowered or the second floor must be raised. Simple.
Did I mention the staircase was well-built?
Goodbye weekend, hello high-pitched whine of machinery.
We delivered the new staircases at 10:30 this morning.