Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Scotia Molding - Wood Stair Trim

Scotia molding is often referred to as cove molding. The picture below provides you with an excellent example and use for Scotia molding or wood trim. This is probably one of the most popular pieces of stair trim used by finish carpenters.

Scotia wood molding can be used on the ends of the stair treads (like picture above), underneath the entire stair tread and top of skirt boards. This wood trim comes in a variety of different sizes and materials.


Do It Yourself Stairway Molding And Construction Advice

If you don't know the first thing about building stairs or finishing a handrail, you should go down to your local hardware store and create a mental list in your mind of the different types of wood trims, available.

Some lumber yards even have a small picture and description of a variety of different types of wood trim that they carry at their store. I had one that was about the size of a roadmap at one time and it was extremely helpful.

After you have a pretty good idea about the different types of wood trims available, it shouldn't be hard to see which pieces go where.

If you're planning on refinishing your stairway, you could always take the set of stairs apart, in pieces, to learn more about its assembly. I've seen do-it-yourselfers rip something apart, without knowing how to put it back together.

Take your time, removing the parts and take as many pictures as you possibly can, to aid in your assembly, when it's finally time to put the stairs back together.


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