Re: Re-facing curved stairs
Replied to your PM before I saw this, so read both I guess.
Are all the stairs going to be the same proportion? I can't really tell from the photo, but from logic, I would assume that they would be. I think code would require them to be as well in order to ensure proper cadence for the person using the stairs.
If so, you will only need to make only template, then you can cut all of your treads the same. You will have to remove your handrail either way, so I would make a template.
Cut the nosings off as Steve suggested. (This is the worst part of the job!)
Next take a piece of 1/2" MDF slightly larger than what you estimate your stair tread to be (ie. add 1-2" around). Place the edge nearest the wall at the stringer and flush to the riser (finished riser) scribe the curve to the template. Cut the curve and temporarily tack to the tread. Cut to pieces of scrap to the width of overhang that you want for the front of the step and the side of the step. Hold the front piece in place under the tread template, and scribe your line. Repeat with the side piece. Remove the template and cut and clean the edges (straight edge and skilsaw or router with flush bit).
This should give you a template for the stair tread - but make sure that you are measuring the tread with the finished riser in place. Otherwise your overhang could be off. You should also test the template on each stair to make sure that they are all consistently sized. If not, you may need to make multiple templates and cute each one.
If you have to make multiple templates, make sure to number then (I'm sure you know this, but just wanted to remind you!). Also number the finished treads.
Then glue up your stock and make solid stair treads. A little stain, poly, construction adhesive, some trim, and your done.
PS - Plan ahead for your hand rail. A change to the floor height could mean that your current handrail no longer meets code. Or are you planning on replacing the handrail, ballusters, etc.
Last edited by Max In Sudbury; 05-14-2010 at 04:11 PM.
Reason: Additional info.
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