Stair Builder Top Level Checklist

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides StairDesigner stair software is great for inexperienced stair builders, because it takes the maths and complicated drafting out of stairs But the way you use StairDesigner to design your stairs should be thought out in the light of several…

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First Steps for Stair Builders

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides For real stair projects it’s good practice to do a little work before opening StairDesigner. Here’s a check list of things that I suggest you do: Make a general sketch of your project with sizes and angles of the…

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Stair Design in 7 Easy Steps

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides Let’s assume now you’ve had time to download StairDesigner, watch our starter series of videos and test it out. I hope you found them interesting and helpful. Stair templates are great for setting up stairs fast and easy, and…

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StairDesigner Starter Tips

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides First of all when you start, you might find the software intimidating and not easy to understand; this is perfectly normal. If you are a professional, I’m sure that your methods of work and your stair terminology don’t exactly…

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Staircase Basics Guide

Contents 1. StairDesigner Starter Tips 2. Stair Design in 7 Easy Steps 3. First Steps for Stair Builders 4. Stair Builder Top Level Checklist 5. How to Take Site Measurements 6. What’s Your Wood Working Experience? 7. Stair Design Based on Experience 8. Basic Tools for Stair Builders 9. Assembly Details for Stairs 10. Best…

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Low cost CAD/CAM woodworking systems

We’ve looked at some of the main woodwork software solutions out there and decided to put together an overview of what the majority of small to medium woodwork businesses tell us they need. That’s affordable software that is still powerful enough for professional use and flexible enough to accommodate each individual workshop’s manufacture methods. Nobody…

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Stair with 3 Part String between Plaster Board Walls

Installation of a stair highlighting a great way to assemble strings in situ, plus more specialised techniques for fixing the strings to plaster boards. In renovation work we often find ourselves having to install woodwork against walls that are irregular and difficult to measure precisely. Wood work projects are made of straight lines, precise angles…

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How to Extend Step and Riser Housings

Sometimes it’s useful to be able to extend the step and/or the riser recesses in a boxed string beyond the limits of the string. This tutorials shows you how. Extending the housings can be done in two ways: Either using the Steps Parameters that define how the steps and risers are assembled, or by changing…

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Using the Rising Angle to Calculate a Stair

How to use StairDesigner to calculate a stair for a given angle rather than a given flight length. 1. Calculating the approximate stair length Open a new stair and in the Stairwell Parameters box and type in the total height and an approximate number of risers. To get the approximate length of the stair use…

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3D kitchen design made easy with Polyboard

Screenshot of kitchen from Polyboard software

When you’re in the process of designing a beautiful kitchen, the time spent calculating lengths of pieces of wood, or individual costs can cause your project to take far longer than it should to be completed. That’s why we created our Polyboard kitchen design software solution to save you time and money through automation. Polyboard’s…

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