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Old 02-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Gap in my diy made stair treads along stringer


Hello all I decided to retro fit my stairs...
I made new stair treads from maple.
I fit everything first and I vanished everything the other day..

I put the finished stair down and now I'm not happy with the gap.

I'm not sure what to do with a gap I'm left with between stair and the stringer.
The gap is about the thickness of my finger nail


I'm also curious what I should put on my curved stairs for cove moulding. The molding will wrap around the stringer and underneath the lip. Have a look at pics for reference.

Also, I ripped out my oak balusters and will be installing iron railings. Problem with this is the iron is 1/2" thick compared to 2" oak. Should I put the iron I. The same spot? How do I get the iron balusters level?

How should I fasten the steps and risers?


Thanks for your help

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What you show is the reason I never do that type of stair but alway do a housed stair. Given that you need to fix what you have you now need to remove from the return nosing the amount of the gap. Doesn't that sound like fun. As for the new balusters the max spacing between balusters is 4", so no you can not use the same holes. For curved cove moulding you need to make a curved blank, either steam bent or bent lamination and then the profile applied, most likely with a router.

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What you show is the reason I never do that type of stair but alway do a housed stair. Given that you need to fix what you have you now need to remove from the return nosing the amount of the gap. Doesn't that sound like fun. As for the new balusters the max spacing between balusters is 4", so no you can not use the same holes. For curved cove moulding you need to make a curved blank, either steam bent or bent lamination and then the profile applied, most likely with a router.
Should I even bother trying to fiddle with the gap? Does it look that bad to a pro like yourself?

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Given that it is your house you'll have to be the one to decide, I wouldn't feel right about submitting an invoice as is. Looking again at your pics the max nosing reveal is 1 1/4".
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keith i just wanted to say i like your youtube collection and dream about having the chance to work with a craftsman like yourself to learn the true skills of the trade
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Given that it is your house you'll have to be the one to decide, I wouldn't feel right about submitting an invoice as is. Looking again at your pics the max nosing reveal is 1 1/4".
I mounted the stairs with the crack... Doesn't look too bad.. Next set of stairs I do will be perfect.. Probably never again

The nosing reveal is about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2.I'm in Canada..tx for that info Keith

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The finish on the stair treads is beautiful. Nice job.
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I looked at the pictures and I dont understand where the gaps are. Sorry.
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The finish on the stair treads is beautiful. Nice job.
+1 -- What color/product did you use to get this finish ?
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+1 -- What color/product did you use to get this finish ?
It's called coconut husk. I purchased it at my hardwood flooring outlet.
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you could have filled with putty, or you should have scribed and belt sanded your treads to the stringer rather than back beveling the edges. I have never put curved cove molding on stairs, but I have done walnut crown in a 80' dome. I just simply cut relief cut in the back and it bent around the radius. talk about challenging...

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