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Old 12-08-2017, 12:02 AM   #46
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If you have the time, tools, and desire you can do the whole thing yourself. Obviously you have the mechanical skills based on your tile work. Check out some articles on the process and give it a shot. FWIW, a pro would take 45 minutes to an hour to prep and install a straight tread. The planning part will take time but spending the time to plan things out will pay off in the long run. You'll feel a lot more confident and comfortable if you know up front how to proceed. The proper tools will make a big difference. Watch some videos and read some articles to get an idea of the process. Fine Homebuilding magazine has had some recent articles on stair work.


I definitely have time as I like to do DIY stuff during week ends. I donít mind buying the tools and it would be still be far cheaper than contracting it out.

I have been doing research for few weeks now and I understand how to perform the treads and riser installation.

The part I havenít convinced myself is how to cut curves in the treads. May be I am over thinking it. I can cut curves in tiles which seems more tricky but somehow still not trusting myself w/ cutting wood.


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Buy yourself a router, make a curved template, clamp it to a piece of plywood and start learning.

The sheet of plywood, the router, the bits are all basically free if you can do the project cheaper than the lowest estimate you receive.

Take that same paper pattern, cut off the thickness of the router base and cut it out from plywood or MDF. Smooth out the curve with whatever means possible for a true radius. Then try it.

Or, there are bits that will follow a template exactly which is even better. They have a bearing that follows your template exactly to duplicate it.

Google cutting curves with a router. I'm sure there will be videos.
Here's one I found:

Spend a few hundred bucks and you may save thousands. I guarantee if you're handy, that same router will sure come in handy in the future.
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Thanks Pugsy. It is funny, I saw that exact video few weeks ago and he made it look easy and that is why I have been thinking doing the cutting myself.

Thinking more about this, it seems the fitting might not be as hard as I initially imagined. The front outter border where the bullnose is, doesnít have to fit w/ anything. As long as the curve is smooth, it will look good. The back inner border has to fit w/ the current riser. However any imperfection and gaps can be hidden by the new riser sitting on top of the tread. I just have to be super meticulous with the sides touching the walls which also have a curve.


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Thanks Pugsy. It is funny, I saw that exact video few weeks ago and he made it look easy and that is why I have been thinking doing the cutting myself.

Thinking more about this, it seems the fitting might not be as hard as I initially imagined. The front outter border where the bullnose is, doesnít have to fit w/ anything. As long as the curve is smooth, it will look good. The back inner border has to fit w/ the current riser. However any imperfection and gaps can be hidden by the new riser sitting on top of the tread. I just have to be super meticulous with the sides touching the walls which also have a curve.


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I was only thinking of the ends for precision.
The rest is cake.

If you buy a router, a plunge is good, but for sure, make sure it has a speed control. Scary stuff using mine full speed with large cutters.
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