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jandrews 03-22-2013 03:40 PM

stair treads

I am measuring and cutting maple stair treads.
Should i first cut the length and then measure for the width
should i measure for the width and then cut off for the length


joecaption 03-22-2013 03:45 PM

Cut the width then the depth so the tear out does not mess up the tread.
What are you trying to use to cut them?
You do know each one can be a little differant, right?
Going to stain them? if so concider doing it before installing so your not getting stain on the skirts and risers.

jandrews 03-22-2013 04:11 PM

stair treads
thanks for the advice
i think ill get them stained first and then glue them down and i have access underneth so ill have someone heavy stand and then ill screw them from the underside.

Its my first time. i was very successful in cutting them to width so i wont need to hide any imperfections as they fit snug.

The part i will need to hide is where the back of the tread meets the riser. a very small gap. Do you have any suggestions. should i try and plane the riser.
i think i will mess it up.

Also one of the boards i cut to short to width , very slight ( 2 mm ) should i caulk the skirt or putting the imperfection, or should i just bite it and spend the 60 bucks for another tread.


joecaption 03-22-2013 06:05 PM

I cut the back of the tread at a very slight angle for a tight fit.
No filler is going to fill that gap and not show.

Jason34 03-23-2013 08:36 AM

If the tread is going to fit into a routed box stringer on the one end you can put a spacer on that end of the tread when you slide it into the stringer.

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