ok, i am about to embark on a journey that might frustrate me, is destined to challenge me but when it is over will give me great pride in a job well done.
Soon I will attempt to do my own staircase. The structure of the stairs is already in place. 2x stringers, treads and risers. My job will be to cut and apply skirt boards? i think the is the correct term please someone correct me if not, I am speaking of the boards that run along the wall kinda like base boards for stairs, the treads and risers go between these.
I am trying to plan out as much of this in my head as I can before I start. As for the "skirt" boards I plan to make templates for these to find the correct angles and lengths.
ok, let's backup...my stairs are L shaped. the entire set is sandwiched between 2 walls. there is a landing halfway up.
my material of choice is bamboo, specifically vertical grain 3-ply bamboo plywood from a company called plyboo. www.plyboo.com
You can buy bamboo stair tread premade with bullnose, but that covers the interesting looking end grain that I would like to leave visible. Plus the ply is a cheaper option and offcuts can be used to build the floating bamboo vanity...nuther thread altogether.
Treads will be 3/4" (no strength needed, just cosmetic) and risers will be 1/2"
Skirtin will also be 3/4".
the main issues that worry me are...
1. getting the skirt cut to the correct angle and length. will need to be 2 pieces with a splice at some point.
2. getting treads and risers to fit tight to skirt with no gaps (stain grade)
3. messin up with plywood that costs 190/sheet (still cheaper than premade treads)
any tips and tricks on this type of work would be appreciated. i anticipate maybe starting this next week as I plan to take some time off of work to get some of my projects done.
as shaz would say...more later