Thursday, 17 April 2014

New Stair Treads

Patrick began work on the very top flight of stairs this week. As shown in previous posts, they were in a very bad way. I made the decision to replace them all and have the moldings matched and re-made. The results so far are fantastic, with original moldings being blended with new threads in some cases.

As seen below, all the balusters are dovetailed at their bases, where they sit inside the stair treads. Instead of just squaring them off and slotting them straight into a square hole, Patrick is matching the dovetail on the thread with that of the baluster, requiring it to match perfectly and then be tapped into place. This gives the whole stairs much better structural integrity and is an example of his attention to detail.

1 comment:

  1. The dovetail probably makes them feel very sturdy I imagine.... had to look it up to figure out what it involved..