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Old 09-15-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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I have just finished my first hardwood experience in my living room, dining room and entry way. I am reasonably handy but was told to maybe have a professional finish the stairs. Well I figured maybe I should try fitting a couple of stairs to see if I should do it.
I have seen different methods of doing the stairs! Treads first then risers on top and risers first with treads butting up to the riser. Which way should I go? I seem to think that it looks better with the riser on top of the tread (personal preference!).

My real question is if I lay the tread first and sit the riser on top, my 2 pieces of 3 1/2 hardwood would reach the edge of the next stair. This would have the nosing hooking over the tongue of the top riser and sitting on the lip (not hooked around the full hardwood riser). Is this ever done, is there enough strength? If I rip the bottom riser piece and rip the top riser piece to get a nice flat rest for the nosing, the look I think would be undesirable.
Any thoughts about this as I would really like to say I did the stairs myself and I'm not afraid to take my time to get it right!

I have attached a couple of mock pictures to help show what I am trying to say.

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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The over hang is 3/4" to 1 1/4" on the stair tread for the nosing

They say larger nosings are a probem for elderly

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Hi and welcome to the forum!
personally, i'd rip the tongue off the top riser and slide the nose back to notch to the existing stair edge. the more of that piece in contact, the better, i'd think.
the guys here may also recommend gluing at least the front piece as well. i'd hate to step on it and have it come back at me!
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and thanks for the pics!
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Thanks Guys, I managed to rip a small groove piece to fit on top of the riser, everything is glued and nailed!
One Stair took a few hours but turned out pretty good.

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