Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Pinch Sticks - Stair Construction And Measuring

Pinch Sticks can be made out of two pieces of scrap plywood. Since I didn't have a picture, I created an illustration that should provide you with a pretty good idea, how they're used by stair builders.

How Do You Make Your Own Pinch Sticks?

If you need to cut stair treads for a 36 inch wide stairway, (like the picture above) all you need to do is cut two pieces of scrap plywood, 24 inches long and about 3 inches longer than the width of your stair treads.

After you've cut your pieces, simply lay them on top of the area, where you will be installing your new stair treads. Place one on top of the other and then you can push one of them, up against one side and the other up against the opposite side and then, use a couple of C clamps to clamp the two boards together.

After you have clamp them together, you can take the Pinch Sticks off of the stairway and then use them as a pattern to mark each side of your new stair tread. This provides you with an accurate measurement of the stair tread width.

This also provides you with a pattern for any angle imperfections, just in case one side or the other side isn't perfectly square. You can also use Pinch Sticks for other construction projects, like countertops and shelves.


Stairs / Stair Glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z