Classy Walnut Stairs Spiral in Bulgarian Penthouse
These stair parts required required “extremely precise construction,” says floor pro Aster Hadzhiev.
November 18, 2020
Wood Floor of the Week: An Early Step into the Floating Staircase Craze
Gaetano Hardwood Floors navigated achieving the client's desired look and keeping the stairs structurally sound in this floating staircase project.
November 18, 2020
How I Do These Jobs: Creating Floating Stairs
San Francisco wood flooring pro Avo Sanasaryan installs a lot of floating stairs—and here he shares how it's done.
September 21, 2020
Tricks of the Trade
Wood Flooring Trick of the Trade: Floor Jack Comes in Handy for Treads
This simple trick silenced a squeaky wooden stair tread.
November 27, 2018
Winding, Hand-Cut Staircase in London Bar Has ‘No Room for Repetition’
The sinuous "StairStalk" wood staircase in London's HIDE restaurant was inspired by a tree bursting from the ground.
September 20, 2018
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Building a Stairway to ... a Niche for My Flooring Business
Wood flooring pro David Merrill explains how learning how to rebuild stairs has turned into a profitable advantage for his company.
March 21, 2017
Installing a Curved Stair Nosing, Part 2
Working to a line is a fundamental of woodworking. It means gradually removing material (wood) to a line marked on the work piece. The precision of the removal is correlated to the precision of the line mark. If you use a construction pencil to mark your line, my guess is that your finished product would look bad. Using a fine marking tool like a knife or a fine pencil is the best way to get consistent results. In a woodworking shop, working to a line works this way: you cut as close as you can to the line using a band saw and then use a router or a drum (vertical) sander to get to the line. I have portable tools and ever-changing job sites, so a jig saw is my substitute for a band saw. Instead of using a drum sander, I used a hand-held belt sander to remove the rest of the material. I learned that trick from a cabinet maker.
December 8, 2014
Installing a Curved Stair Nosing, Part 1
It was not a fancy house. It was a beat up, dated and old one. I walked in to meet with the owner. She wanted a new 5/16-inch (7.9375mm) floor in her kitchen and some repairs in the existing floor. She said her husband wanted a double-curve nosing and riser on the one step down to their living room. I looked the job over and I was thinking this was a small job. It would take me the same amount of hours to install the new floor as it would to make that one piece of nosing. Don’t get me wrong, I could do it with no problem. The sad thing is that I looked at that nosing as an annoying detail. It was almost like my brain was saying, “Do we really need to get out all of our specialty tools just for this?” Guess what, we had to.
November 19, 2014
Getting Some Wow Factor on These Stairs
Keith Long here with Thunderheart Flooring to go through a staircase and inlay John Kimminau and I installed in Windsor, Colo., while he was out to work and learn.
August 13, 2014
How We Replaced These Winder Stairs, Part 5
Keith Long here with Thunderheart Flooring to wrap up this winder staircase project. (See the previous posts about this project: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)
May 23, 2014
How We Replaced These Winder Stairs, Part 4
In part 3 we finished with setting the first tread, now it's time for a riser.
May 16, 2014
How We Replaced These Winder Stairs, Part 3
Keith Long here with Thunderheart Flooring to continue on the winder staircase.
May 9, 2014
How We Replaced These Winder Stairs, Part 2
Keith Long with Thunderheart Flooring here to continue with the winder staircase we started.
May 2, 2014
How We Replaced These Winder Stairs, Part 1
Hidey-ho, Keith Long with Thunderheart Flooring here. Let's go through, in detail, a staircase my wife and I recently installed in Fort Collins, Colo. So that we can discuss this in some detail, I'm going to go over this in several posts.
April 23, 2014
This Astounding Staircase is Long on Legend, Short on Fact
February 3, 2013
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Largest Home in the U.S. Gets a Parquet Masterpiece
See the story behind the wood floors in Bel Air's biggest mega-mansion.
Moisture Testing 101: How To Do It Right On Every Job
Finish Peels 14 Months After Recoat: Who Will Pay?
Tricks of the Trade
Trick of the Trade: Put Hot Glue To Work On Glue-Downs
Wood Floor Rescue: What Stain Looks Like ... On Top Of Poly
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