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  1. New Stair Treads are too shallow

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I bought an old house and I'm doing some updates. We removed some old carpeting from the main stair case and underneath are some old 2x4s. I decided to replace this old wood with some new oak treads and risers. After watching a ton of youtube demos, I start cutting up my pieces. I cut a...
  2. Wood steps on stairs...

    General Woodworking Discussion
    OK, well, I could use opinion and advice on this one. We took out the carpet on our twenty year old stairs with the intention of just putting down carpet again and moving on. However, as is often the case with projects, the minute you touch it you realize there's likely a lot more to do than...
  3. Building a deck stairway

    General Woodworking Discussion
    OK, tore out the old stairs. I bought 6 step risers and they were too long. I exchanged them for 5 step risers. They were too short. In looking at the original stairs, the saw cuts tell me they were built-on-site. OK, I have three treated 2X10X10s. I'm needing the formula to measure and cut...
  4. Trimming Factory stair threads with a return

    Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins
    Hello, We have an older house that was split into a two family previously. They butchered the stairs quite a bit to accomplish this in adding a back entrance. We are trying to restore back the original hall/stairs. We were hoping to keep all the original threads, but the first 6 were notched...
  5. Closing Open Risers

    Design & Plans
    Hi, We're moving into a new (to us) home. The staircase has nice open risers on oak stairs. I've attached a couple photos to show how they currently are. However, we have a small dog and smaller cat, and the way they race around when excited, I'm pretty sure someone would go through the...
  6. Red Oak Stair Treads...Is that sap?!?

    Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins
    Hello, I bought red oak stair treads from one of the big box stores. They came sanded to a 150 grit finish. I sanded them to a 220 grit finish then stained them with oil-based stain. I did two coats of stain and as it was drying noticed that there are small wet spots on the wood. It looks...
  7. refinishing staircase of oak and pine

    Wood Finishing
    Hello - I'm looking to refinish a staircase with a very dark, nearly black stain, however I'm nervous because this staircase has both pine and oak treads. (The more narrow part of the staircase is pine, and the wider steps at the bottom are oak). Although I'm going for a very dark stain...
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