Building Stairs
from editors of
Fine Homebuilding

235 x 275mm

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.


ISBN 978-1-56158-653-0

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Extract from back cover of book:

To get the best results when building or remodeling, you need advice from the best professionals in the business. For Pros By Pros books bring together expert designers, builders, and remodeling pros who have written for Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Stairway 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. That's why the editors of Fine Homebuilding magazine have compiled a selection of stairbuilding articles that covers a broad range of details relating to design, fabrication and installation. It's 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.

Note: Some American building methods may not be compatible with Australian Standards.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Part 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 Stairbuilder's Tools and Tips
A Quick Way to Build a Squeak-Free Stair

Part 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

Part 3 - Curved Stairways
A Freestanding Spiral Stair
Capping a Curved Stair Wall
Framing Curved Stairs on Site

Part 4 - Special Stairways
Cantilevered Stairway
A Stair in the Air
Disappearing Attic Stairways
A Staircase of Glass and Maple