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kcdave 03-25-2008 01:49 PM

More Questions on stair Finishing
My wife asked me the other day why the stairs are taking so long and I finally told her things tend to take longer when you don't know what your doing :)

Anyway I started cutting and scribing the oak treads and was wondering if these should be glued and nailed or just glued. I was thinking that a few finish nails in would keep the tread in place while the glue dries. But, then I would need to cover the nail holes.

Also, What's the best way to attach the newel posts? I could cut a square hole in the tread and fasten the newel posts to the stringer, but using one of those plates that screws to the bottom of the post and gets covered with trim would be easier.

Thanks for any suggestions,

47_47 03-25-2008 03:24 PM

I would use the plate or a threaded hanger bolt. Try ljsmith, they specialize in stair hardware.

troubleseeker 03-27-2008 10:29 PM

I never rely on glue alone, always sending two 12 d casing nails , which have larger heads than finishing nails, into each stringer. Make a couple of simple wood cheat sticks to keep the nails lined up both from the edges of the treads and from the risers, predrill through the oak, and protect the treads from stray hammer marks with a thin piece of wood with a slot cut into it, so you can slip it around the nail. Finish the last few blows with a good nail set.

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