Building Stairs

Building Stairs

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Detailed diagrams and full-color photographs take readers step by step through the complete process of constructing stairs, from essential tools and materials, through the planning and design steps, through the entire building process, to installing railings and other finishing touches. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Book News
This carpentry guide explains the basics of stair geometry and planning, and walks through the process of notching framing lumber for the stringers, screwing down rough treads, and routing mortises in the stringers. The second half of the book moves on to the bullnose step, winders, railings, newels, and outdoor stairs. Hundreds of color photographs are provided. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Ingram Publishing Services

Stair building combines precision carpentry with tricky math, so even experienced builders find it challenging. But as this extensively illustrated book demonstrates, any builder who can measure the distance between two floors can plan and build a stunning set of stairs. By clearly laying out the geometry, planning, and construction involved, author Andy Engel takes the reader from a simple structure built of framing lumber to a set of stairs fit for a king. From building and installing railings to using off-the-shelf stair parts, Building Stairs lays out the process clearly and completely.

  • Written by a pro
  • Accurate and reliable
  • Easy to navigate
  • Covers railings and newels
  • Includes outdoor stairs

Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781561588923
Branch Call Number: 694.6 En32b
Characteristics: 234 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm


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Jun 15, 2014

The subtitle of this how-to manual is: "For pros by pros". This book does not describe how to design a flight of stairs (it assumes an architect or other expert provides the plans to the 'pro' installation carpenter). It does offer some very useful tips on how to measure the stairway opening, for various cases of sloping floors, in order to have a stairway designed that will fit the actual opening!


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