Traditional Wreathed Stair Using High and Low Tech

I have already published a few photos of the stairs made by Rick and Andy Suckely. Rick has recently sent me the photos of the finished stair so I thought I’d write a quick summary of the project to show how they build a high end bespoke stair using horizontal laminates, traditional tangent hand railing…

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Designing a Straight Central Cut Stringer Staircase

Continuous Curved central cut strings give a very elegant design for modern stairs, but the curved stringer and handrails can be long and expensive to manufacture. A compromise is to make the string and rail in straight sections bolted together . The handrail is assembled around newel posts and there’s no need for wreathed sections.…

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Building a form for a concrete stair with StairDesigner

StairDesigner is very useful for building wood and metal stairs. It can also be very handy for setting out the form work when building a cement stair. As an example here’s an email and some photos sent to me by Pierre : Hello Mr Tillson, I have talked with you last January  and dowloaded the…

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How to build a wreathed hand rail on a metallic rail : 3rd part

Here is the last article in the series for building a curved wreathed handrail on an irregular metallic rail. In my last article in this series I showed how to adjust the wreathed rail’s core form onto the metallic rail and how to apply the walnut veneers to prepare the rail for moulding. You can…

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How to build a curved handrail for stairs

Real life situations are usually too diverse to fit all in one box. And Stair building is certainly on of the more complex and diverse branches of woodworking. Like most professionals, to make life easier, I have developed over the years my own methods of tackling different problems. One of the more complex and challenging…

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Hand Rail made with twisted laminates

When I have to make a wooden hand rail to fit a metal stair rail that has a smooth regular curve the easiest way is to use twisted laminates. If, as is usually the case, I’m making the rail as a sub contractor for another company that builds metallic stairs, this technique enables me to…

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How to make a laminate string for a curved staircase

When a string is less than 60mm thick it becomes difficult to make it using horizontal laminates because the outer face veneers tend to pull it out of shape when being glued up. For this reason for these stringers I use a more traditional laminate technique where I clamp the laminates to a form. This…

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How to Make a Wooden Handrail on Metal Rail : part 2

Here’s the second article on building irregularly curved handrails on metallic rails. Theses articles explain how to make a wreathed handrail in walnut that follows a pre-existing metallic rail. Before reading you might like to read the first article here: https://stairdesignsoftware.net/how-make-a-wooden-handrail-on-metal-rail-1st-part Once the basic handrail’s curved forms are made I usually adjust them onto metallic…

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Cut String Construction with Add On Supports

Here are a few photos of how to build central cut strings with add on step supports. Thanks to Pascal for these photos. For more information of building cut strings: https://stairdesignsoftware.net/curved-stairs-making-central-cut-strings —————————— Email from Pascal: Thanks for your help and advice . Since I started my company three years ago , your techniques and advice…

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Curved Stairs : Using Horizontal Laminates

To answer several requests for information on building curved strings using horizontal laminates, I have posted some photos taken in my workshop while I was making  helical central cut string stairs. These photos are taken randomly along the construction process and show how the laminates are machined up, glued and veneered. This first  stair was…

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