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Finish Stairs With Finesse

Carefully planned skirts and a couple of tricks make trimming stairs an easier job, no matter how bad the framing

Building stairs can be a tough job, but when you're dealing with framing flaws, the work can be even tougher. In this article, veteran finish carpenter Tucker Windover describes his process for finishing stairs under any circumstances. Windover says that the skirtboards are the key to a good stair. Begin by carefully laying out the the inner skirtboard, then the outer skirt. Next, mark the riser locations on the inner skirtboard, and then repeat the process for the outer skirtboard. This process is made easier with a pitch block and a simple jig for cutting stringers. Next, the rough stringers are placed and adjusted, and finally, the treads are installed with hidden fasteners.

Finish Stairs With Finesse

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