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    Stair Tread Caps - phase 2

    A while back as some may recall I purchased a bunch of oak to help out a friend that was needing it gone. My wife was wondering what I was going to build with this wood since the budget is tight and there are house projects that need to be done. Well, here's what I came up with....stair tread caps. Would have spent about twice as much for pre-made treads, so was a good move. There was originally carpet on the stairs and had been planning to pickup hardwood treads and remove the existing treads. After looking at the layout of the steps I realized the bottom step was shorter than the rest and the top step was taller than the rest. To correct this I figured it would be best to just cap over the existing treads. For those that haven't done stair treads before, there is a layout tool that can help get almost perfect fitting treads. This one belongs to my dad. You loosen the two large knobs on the end, then adjust it for length with the 4 wing nuts in the middle. When you tighten the two larger knobs, they press the guides against the trim on each side. You then take the tool and lay it on your tread marking your lines for the cuts, which are at the perfect length and angles. Here they are all cut for length and test fitted. I'm pre-finishing them before installing. Will be using tile for the kick boards, so will get some 1/2" concrete backer board under the old treads to fill in the gap and tile over both to fill it in. Got their stain and drying. P.S. A big thanks to Larry on the tip of removing the excess glue with a chisel, was a big time and sanding belt saver.
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    Brilliant!

    I'm thinking a tool like that could be used for other situations as well. Great idea....
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    Looks good. Nice use of lumber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Brilliant!

    I'm thinking a tool like that could be used for other situations as well. Great idea....

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    Very timely. I will be doing some stairs soon. Great job.

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    Julio, take a look at this jig. Could probably put some extra plywood to use to build one similar.
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    On my 4th coat of stain and got it to pretty well match the darkness of the upstairs flooring.

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    I had a similar problem with my stairway... after the carpet was up, the top and bottom step were 3/4 inch off from the rest... (designed assuming 3/4 inch of carpet) so I had to build all the steps up 3/4 inch. But the existing tread was 2x12 lumber, so I sure didn't want to take that out and start over.

    My solution was to glue on a 1 1/2 inch oak lip below the front edge of 3/4 inch oak tread, to hide the 2x12. The 4/4 oak cost me about $100, compared to over $500 for "official" oak treads.

    I resawed the risers, and used 3/8" thick oak for the riser, on top of the original (mostly flakeboard).
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    Well, got the treads installed today. Just used some construction adhesive and a few finish nails to set them in place.


    The finish is just about a match, the laminate is a little more brown, but close enough. Still need to move the transition piece at the top of the stairs I added a piece of oak to give it a bit of a bull nose to match the rest of the treads.


    My wife also mentioned that she's thinking about using some of the left over bead board for the kick boards instead of tile now. That's fine with me, just about the same amount of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ....My wife also mentioned that she's thinking about using some of the left over bead board for the kick boards instead of tile now. That's fine with me, just about the same amount of work.
    That is until she decides an accent tile in the middle of the bead-board would look spectacular

    Looks great & that jig is too cool!
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