DetailsStairway design and construction is a cornerstone of homebuilding. This is where carpenters show off their skill in combining safe, solid construction with suitable dimensions, excellent craftsmanship, and (more often than not) impressive measures of ingenuity.
Even in the simplest of houses, building a stairway can be a complex project. Thats why the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine have compiled a selection of stair-building articles that covers a broad range of details relating to design, fabrication and installation. Its all here -- from simple, site-built utility staircases to elaborate spirals.
Written by the pros who actually do the work, these articles will help you to:
- Master basic design, layout, and construction techniques
- Build straight, L-shaped, spiral, and curved stairs
- Install straight and curved railings
- Install manufactured railings and balusters
- Build railings and newel posts
- Install a drop-down attic stairway
- Additional Information
SKU FHB72070742 Table Of Contents Introduction
1. Basic Design and Construction
Cutting Out Basic Stairs
A Site-Built Stair
Using a Story Pole to Lay Out Stairs
Building an L-Shaped Stair
A Veteran Stairbuilders Tools and Tips
A Quick Way to Build a Squeak-Free Stair
2. RAIlings, Newels, and Trim
Hanging a Wall Railing
Building a Custom Box Newel
Building Finish Stairs
Building an Exterior Newel Post
Installing Stair Skirtboards
Making a Bullnose Starting Step
Making a Curved Handrail
A Balustrade of Branches
3. Curved Stairways
A Freestanding Spiral Stair
Capping a Curved Stair Wall
Framing Curved Stairs on Site
4. SPecial Stairways
A Stair in the Air
Disappearing Attic Stairways
A Staircase of Glass and Maple
Intro Like gunslingers sizing each other up in a Hollywood Western, newly acquainted carpenters always want to know how good the other is. Inevitably, one poses the defining question: 'Can you build stairs?'
The original meaning of the word 'masterpiece' was work that a journeyman executed to prove that he had mastered his craft. For a house carpenter, no project combines the range of skills that stair building does. Even in a simple house, a staircase is complex thing. You have to calculate the size and number of steps carefully. You have to choose stout material for the structural members and cut them precisely. Then you have to bring a furniture maker's fussiness to the trim work because, in many homes, stairs are not just a practical conveyance -- a means of getting from one floor to the other -- they are also an architectural centerpiece.
Fortunately for all of us, you don't have to be a master carpenter to build a good staircase. But you do need to know what you're doing, which is where this book comes in. Collected here are 27 articles from back issues of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Written by experienced builders from all over the country, these articles cover everything from simple basement steps to exotic curved stairways. And as I did in the first edition of this book, I'll conclude with a word of caution. The building codes that govern stairs are changing all the time. And so not all of the projects featured here comply with current national codes. If youre building any staircase, be sure to check with your local building department. And remember, as Tracy Kidder wrote in his book House, 'Stair-making carpenters are like school crossing guards or trainers of seeing-eye dogs. They take on one of societys small sacred trusts.'
editor in chief, Fine Homebuilding
ISBN 978-1-56158-653-0 Video No Author From the editors of Fine Homebuilding Publication Year 2004 Dimensions 8-1/2 x 10-7/8 Pages 160 Photo color photos Drawings and drawings Other Formats 070929, 077736 Cover Paperback Format Paperback
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