How to build winder stairs

DIY stair with winders

Here’s a beautiful first time stair hand made by Bernard of Chalon in France. Bernard has used StairDesigner with our StairFile service to design the winder stair. With StairDesigners DXF plans and a little coaching, Bernard has managed to build a beautiful stair that’s far from being a simple basic design. Note that because he wasn’t…

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Carving a Wreathed Hand Rail on a CNC with Rotary Axis

CNC with 4th axis

One of the dying crafts that the modern world is slowly pushing to extinction is the  craft of building curved hand rails. Once considered one of the highest achievements of a professional joiner and stair builder the craft is actually practically forgotten. This is in large part due to the  modern-day  equation that time is…

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Glass balustrades in StairDesigner

StairDesigner doesn’t really do glass balustrades but we can trick it into displaying glass using the techniques below. Open Banister Parameters menu Setting up Banister Parameters to fill the space between the string and handrail To get the glass to fill the space between the string and the handrail use a rectangular sectionned spindle with…

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Adding a half turn landing into a stair with winders

How to design a staircase with a half turn landing using StairDesigner Set up the general view of the stair with a sketch Draw the stairwell for this half turn staircase either by hand or better still using a CAD program to have the layout and main dimensions. Set up the stair Enter the parameters…

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Gluing the face veneers on a curved string

When making curved strings using horizontal laminates one of the trickier operations is gluing up the face laminates or veneers. The difficulty is that the veneer that is between 30 and 50cm wide is placed on an angle with the vertical and has to be clamped up along the vertical. This gives a vertical clamping…

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How to draw horizontal laminates to build a curved stair

More and more people both professionals and amateurs are taking up the challenge of building a curved stair using my horizontal laminate technique. Some of the results are really fantastic and have left me breathless as these exceptional craftsmen have added their personal touch to improve and develop this technique. Here are just a couple…

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Curved Central Cut String built by an Amateur Stair Builder

I recently received an email from John an amateur wood worker  sharing his experience in building a central cut string using my horizontal laminate technique. This is an ambitious project for an amateur and John has certainly done a great job. He has agreed to share his experience on my website, so here it is.…

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Design a Helitical Stair with StairDesigner and ProgeCad

I often receive emails asking how to design continuous curved stairs in StairDesigner . This week Alain Marin of  https://www.escalier-bois.com/ has asked me how to set up a helical stair with a continuously curved string in StairDesigner. The fantastic geometrical motor that runs StairDesigner is very good at calculating complex stairs, but the difficulty arises…

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Another Curved Stair Project

  Here’s an email from Laurence a cabinet maker based in the south west of France. He has just made his first stair with a curved central cut string using my horizontal laminated techniques. He has given a original effect by leaving the laminates visible without an exterior veneer. Bonjour M. Tillson Une petite photo…

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Boxed string in 3 parts

At times it’s impossible to assemble a stair and raise or lower it into the stair well. When the stair strings are boxed and the steps and risers recessed into the string this means that the stair has to be assembled in the stair well part by part. To make this easier I make at…

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