Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Cutting Stairs

After you've laid out your stair stringer, you can proceed to the next step which would be cutting your stairs. This is usually done with a circular saw and can be done on or off the job site.

When I used to cut and build stairs for tract homes, it wasn't uncommon to spend days cutting stairs, before I ever installed the first one. I would have stacks of stair stringers, treads and risers, piled up next to a large pile of the sawdust.

Stair Cutting Tip: When cutting your stair parts, make sure that you cut them as accurately as possible. I worked with a few guys who didn't really care about the finished product and some of their stair stringers, treads and risers created problems for the stair builder.

If the stair stringer cuts are off an eighth or a quarter of an inch, you're going to have gaps and irregularities in the stairway. Some of these irregularities could violate local building codes.

Take your time and do it right the first time.


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