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Sawing Oak Stair Treads?
« on: November 24, 2005, 09:45:29 PM »
If I'm going to saw red oak into stair treads, what thickness do I saw them at?   What is the standard size (thickness and depth) for finished stair treads, after planing and sanding?  I assume it makes sense to used quarter saw'n lumber if possible for for one piece solid treads instead of the edge glued stuff the 'home' stores sell.

 
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2005, 09:48:25 PM »

 Flat sawn would look nice, Q'sawn is also used. If the saw cuts nice and flat, cut them 5/4. Plane to a full 1". That's the Market down here.  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2005, 10:02:45 PM »
Just measured finished dimensions of our treads.  I bought them from a stair company and remember they were pretty much standard size...nothing special.  Thickness is 1".  Cant remember the depth...had to rip off an 1" or so when I got em to make the right run for the risers.
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Re: Sawing Oak Stair Treads?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2005, 04:54:10 AM »
Arent' stair treads usually two or three pieces glued together with growth rings alternated to controll warpage? I have some 5/4 red oak i'd like to do the same thing with, been waiting till its real dry. checked it this summer its at about 10% mc.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2005, 07:46:32 AM »
I checked a couple of the better Michigan lumber outlets that have websites and they were selling treads of 1 or 1 1/16 thickness, 10.5 or 11.5 width, and 36, 42 or 48 length.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2005, 08:27:35 AM »
I'm assuming we are talking about interior stairs.....  all the exterior stairs I have even seen have been at least 5/4....  I cut some red oak stairs for a barn about 6 months ago and the fella wanted 8/4 by 12 by 48" ..... said they were going ot be used as exterior stairs to the loft of the barn.   I never did go look at the barn... wonder how it turned out?

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Re: Sawing Oak Stair Treads?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2005, 09:13:12 AM »
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If its your stairs, and for your house, and your going to be trenching the stringers
then you decide what you want, and how it will look 8)
 
i assume that there is a nominal rule where you are about the rise and go



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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2005, 11:20:05 PM »
Are you going to have a sub floor under them?

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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2005, 10:11:45 AM »



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If its your stairs, and for your house, and your going to be trenching the stringers

Nope, not for my house.

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Are you going to have a sub floor under them?

Don't know about any sub floor either.


I'm just thinking about a possible product to market.   After I saw what the suppliers are getting for stair treads and all the building going on around here I figure there is a buck or two to be made.   I think I'll make up a couple dozen blanks, plane them and route a bull nose on one edge then place an add in the local paper and test the water.     

Who knows?  ....there could be $$ in those boards I have stacked out back.

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