Im about to start redoing the treads and risers on 2 staircases in my home. I've pulled up the carpet + nailer strips, and plan to keep the existing risers and replace the treads using salvaged boards from elsewhere in the house (all original 1861 pine) but need to decide on the nosing detail first.
The effect we want is that of a thick, chunky tread (as if the whole tread is a 2" thick board). Please refer to attached sketch...Also photos of mockups for details 1) and 2) attached.....3) and 4) not mockedup!
1) works well but my wife doesn't like seeing the seam - disrupts the effect of a single thick 2" tread when sanded + finished in place will the seam be as noticable?
2) we both like this very simple + clean detail too (no nosing overhang) but we lose 3/4" in the tread dimension making a dangerously short tread (8.5" T with 7.5" R as opposed to 9.25" T)
3) a mitering idea that might hide the seam - but will this be weak and break apart? What about a stain taking to / wearing away from a joint like this?
4) the detail im leaning towards...seam visible on top but i think that's the lesser of two evils compared to 1) above. will the 2 pieces wear at different rates?
Any and all thoughts are welcome! I'm sure there's something I'm not thinking of so I'm curious to hear what people think.
Thanks - Rob