How to build your own stairs

stair case with winders

History of a Stair by François Briant I have a very old house in Brittany with an attic that we could only get to with a very steep ladder! For a long time I’ve been thinking of building a stair to replace the ladder. I love wood working and although no expert in carpentry I was…

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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…

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How to calculate and design a stair using free software

stair plans

If you want to build a stair on a very tight budget but have some free time, you will certainly find this article interesting. With the free version of StairDesigner, you can easily calculate and design your stair and get instant 3D images, but you can’t print the plans and working documents to build it.…

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Temporary stair built with free Stairdesigner

stair case with winders

A few months ago Michel asked me to help him build a temporary stair to access the upper floor of his house while he was doing the renovation work. Using  the free demo version of StairDesigner to calculate the stair, Michel then used screen capture software to transfer images into Revit Architecture the Autodesk architectural…

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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 my StairFile service to design the 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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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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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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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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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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