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Old 01-24-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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What material should I use for stair risers/treads?

After finding out that prefinished acacia stair treads to match the upstairs flooring will cost me over $60 a piece, I'm pretty sure I want to carpet the stairs to the basement. I imagine I'll need to buy some sort of material with an eased edge to avoid wearing out the carpet. What should I use? 5/4 red oak? 2x12 SPF? Should I use the same material for the risers? I'm building the 36" stair with brackets (EZ-stairs).


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Old 01-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #2
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If you're going to be covering the stairs with carpet you could use anything, I wouldn't use red oak though, extra cost for nothing, just use pine.

For the risers I'd suggest cutting them out of 3/4" plywood.

As for the stair treads, you could make them yourself with a 2x12 and a router for the edge.


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i am looking for a tread to match the asian walnut acacia flooring I am buying. Any clue where you found these for $60? I am looking for them to be 42" long with a left return and am also looking for a 52" starter stair with a left radius.
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If you have never built and installed rizers and treads before I strongly suggest you think about hiring this one out.
There's a ton of codes that have to be followed, done wrong your going to have unsafe noncode compliant set of steps that may have to all be redone at some point.
If you go up to the top right where it says Search and type in stairs you'll see lots of DIY attemps on building there own steps that are going to have to be torn out.
And the other poster suggestion to just use 3/4 plywood is just not correct.
That would be 1/2 the thickness required for a stringer.
A 2 X 12 or an LVL would be far better.
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