The class will guide
students through basic
of stair building. In the classroom, we will first cover stair math and
drawing. In the shop, we will learn how to make jigs for routers and
table saws, which we will use to cut and build flights of stairs. We
will make both open stringer and box (housed) stringers with wedged and glued risers and treads - the strongest way to build stairs. Students will make their own router template to create housings and can take them home. We will learn how to
miter and detail nosings and terminations. Finally, we will cover basic
Enrollment is limited to six people.
Tuition: $800 per person, $1500 per couple; includes lunch.
material will be provided. A great resource is Modern Practical
Stairbuilding & Handrailing by George Ellis (originally
published in 1932 and reprinted in 1999 by Linden
Publishing, 2006 S. Mary St., Fresno, CA 93721-3311 phone:
According to the book's
introduction, "George Ellis was one of the premier English writers on
carpentry and joinery and his works have been in demand for many years
on the rare book market. ... The present edition is a facsimile of the
1932 edition except for minor changes. ... Readers are advised that
this is a republication of a 1932 edition and is intended to show how
staircases and handrailing systems were produced at that time. The
methods illustrated here may not conform with local regulations and
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