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Old 07-22-2019, 07:58 AM   #16
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Be aware, the more you move the nosing out from the flat of the tread, the more unstable it will become. Have you entertained using complete 11" x 48" oak stair treads, and staining them to replicate your flooring?
We're using the remainder of the flooring that we put in upstairs and then stair nosing that we purchased and have already prestained to match the flooring.

We purchased the flooring 6 years ago. We got the upstairs floor done but then my wife got laid off. We were not settled, at the time, on how we were going to finish the stairs. With little money, we thought about just adding a thin sheet of sanded plywood on the riser and painting it white. Over time, we decided we wanted tile but then couldn't decide on the look we wanted. It's been all this time that the stairs have just been bare OSB. Now we have the money and got the tile we wanted for the risers.

Reading your comment I realized that I could give the OSB a good sanding, removing all the overspray and other crap from when the house was built, and give myself a clean surface to put the tile on. That would eliminate some of what would nudge the nosing over the edge. Regardless, using tile, I'm still left with at least 3/8", more when you include the adhesive, that the nose will have to go out over.

The nose has 2" of surface on the bottom. I'm looking at 1/2" to 3/4" of it not being in contact with the tread, depending on whether I use a 1/4" backer board or not. If I use 1/4" plywood and have it go from flush with the upper tread all the down to the lower tread, at least I'm providing some support for the nose out past the stair tread.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:08 AM   #17
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@Brad Nailer Do you have a game plan for measuring the treads so you get a tight fit on both sides even when the ends are not square.
For a tight fit, I was going to sneak up on the right length. I'll cut a little long and then trim to fit.

As for squareness. I hadn't really thought of that but I could certainly handle it either with my miter saw or the miter gauge on my table saw or using some shims with my cross-cut sled on the table saw. Now that you've brought it up, I'll be getting my framing square out today and looking to see if I have any issues to watch out for.

I know each step is not going to be like the last. They'll each have their own dimensions and quirks so I know to go at each one as if it's the first one.
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For a tight fit, I was going to sneak up on the right length. I'll cut a little long and then trim to fit.

As for squareness. I hadn't really thought of that but I could certainly handle it either with my miter saw or the miter gauge on my table saw or using some shims with my cross-cut sled on the table saw. Now that you've brought it up, I'll be getting my framing square out today and looking to see if I have any issues to watch out for.

I know each step is not going to be like the last. They'll each have their own dimensions and quirks so I know to go at each one as if it's the first one.
There are actual jigs to get it right.You just need a board cut square on the ends the width of the tread and a couple inches shorter than a tread.
Set that in place centered and measure the four corners over to the wall.
Set the board on the tread and transfer those numbers to the tread.
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There are actual jigs to get it right.You just need a board cut square on the ends the width of the tread and a couple inches shorter than a tread.
Set that in place centered and measure the four corners over to the wall.
Set the board on the tread and transfer those numbers to the tread.
Remember, I'm using hardwood flooring. Variable lengths and 4-3/4" wide. I don't have a one-piece tread that I need to cut to fit.

Unless I have a piece that fits all the way across, I will have one piece on one side of the tread where I can then measure from the opposite wall to the end of that one piece. Kinda the same principle.
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Remember, I'm using hardwood flooring. Variable lengths and 4-3/4" wide. I don't have a one-piece tread that I need to cut to fit.

Unless I have a piece that fits all the way across, I will have one piece on one side of the tread where I can then measure from the opposite wall to the end of that one piece. Kinda the same principle.
You can pre rip all the pieces needed for the against the risers then you mock up all the pieces for the tread and mark them out as one.
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I see how that works now. Thanks for taking the time to create the illustrations. Very helpful. I just may employ this.
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