How to build a spiral staircase using StairDesigner

When you don’t have a lot of space to fit a stair, it’s useful to consider the option of a spiral staircase design. This article and video will show you how to build a spiral staircase using StairDesigner, our pro level design and manufacturing software. We’ve also got a way for you to use this…

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Optimising Stairs and Stair Wells with StairDesigner software

When renovating an old house one often finds that it’s necessary to fit a stair into and existing stair well or adapt a stair well to fit a more practical stair. As a specialised stair builder I’m often asked to build stairs in tight situations. Often the existing stair is too steep and dangerous or…

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How to replace spindles with railings on your banister

This short article shows how to replace vertical spindles or balusters with railing. Since Version 6 StairDesigner allows you to replace the vertical spindles with railing. This is just a display feature, and you cannot define the actual diameter of the rails. So be careful not to have your rails too long between supporting posts…

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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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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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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 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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