How to build a hardwood staircase
For this project you will need some basic carpentry skills, attention to details and a lot of patience. Some simple household projects should have given you the basics.Some of the tools and materials that you will need are:
- 8-foot long 2x4s (10)
- 8 foot long 2x6s (10)
- 10-foot long 2x12s (4)
- Measuring tape
- Framing square
- Circular saw
- You will need to lay some 2×4 beams on the landing.
- Now determine the run of the staircase. Standard stair width is between 10.5 inches to 11.5.
- Use the framing square to draw out the notches of the steps onto 2×12 beams. Set the width for 10.5 inches and then mark the step with a pencil. Now move the framing square down so that the top pin is where the bottom pin was before. Repeat this step.
- To cut the boards, use a circular saw.
- Trim the bottom of the stringers to the specified width. Cut the number of stringers needed for the staircase.
- Drill holes and then screw the stringers into place at the top of the landing. One stringer needs to be aligned in the center and one frame the outside.
- Use 2×4 boards to secure the risers. hammer them into their vertical position on the stringers. Use headless nails. Be careful when placing them as they are difficult to remove.
- To secure the treads use 2×6 boards with hammers and nails.
- Now, to finish the staircase, apply a layer of wood stain and lacquer.
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