Modern curved stair in elm built using horizontal laminates.

I often use horizontal laminates for building central cut strings. As these parts have to¬† support the whole weight of the stair, they have to have a large depth and thickness. Horizontal laminates enables me to make these parts easily while also saving time to produce a part that is exceptionally ridge and strong. Here […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modern techniques for making curved handrails : Over view

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 […]

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 […]

How to make a curved laminated string

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 […]

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: Once the basic handrail’s curved forms are made I usually adjust them onto metallic […]

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 […]

How to Make a Wooden Handrail on Metal Rail :1st part

Sometimes you have to make a wooden hand rail to fit a metal or cement stair with an existing metallic railing. If you are building a hand rail for a modern metallic stair the shapes are usually geometrically true and the easiest way to go is use the tangent system and twisted laminates. You can […]