Best Joints for Stairs

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides Stair parts can be assembled with many different type of joints. The type of joint you choose will depend on several different things. Of key importance is where the stairs will be assembled. Assembling a stair in a workshop is usually very easy…

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Assembly Details for Stairs

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides Here are some thoughts on how to choose the joints for assembling stair parts. As usual, any suggestions or comments are very welcome. Please post a new thread in the forum with your ideas. Before you design your stairs…

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Basic Tools for Stair Builders

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides If you haven’t built stairs before and you are not a professional carpenter, then it’s a good idea to go through your tool box and see if you have everything you need to complete the job. Now in general…

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Stair Design Based on Experience

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides I’ve talked about the minimum experience that you should have to start a stair building project. Using good stair software with a meticulous and methodical mindset should allow you to tackle even quite complex stair building. The important thing…

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What’s Your Wood Working Experience?

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides The actual building of even a complicated stair is not difficult with StairDesigner’s full size templates, but you will still need some basic woodworking skills and experience. First of all you will need to use measuring tools for the…

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How to Take Site Measurements

Part of our ‘Staircase Basics’ Guide Previous Page | Next Page | Contents | All Woodwork Guides Here are my thoughts on the best way to take on site dimensions. If you have any suggestions or better ways for doing this don’t hesitate to let me know. Each stair starts of course, with its dimensions. Taking…

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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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