Patrick's Barn: Building Basic Stairscomments (8) May 30th, 2012 in Blogs
One of my only complaints with my magazine job is the many hours I spend indoors behind a computer. On nice days, I long to be outside swinging a hammer. I got the chance to do just that recently during a two-week video shoot, but I had forgotten how long hours in the sun with high humidity really aren't that great after all. So when the long Memorial Day weekend rolled around, I really didn't want to be outside. Instead, despite beautiful weather, I stayed inside and built a staircase connecting the main barn to its loft.
The stair stringers are made from Douglas fir 2x12s, and the treads and risers are made from OSB subflooring left over from framing the loft floor. I ripped the OSB with a shooting board, which made cutting the many pieces relatively fast and easy. Everything is screwed together, so we can easily upgrade to hardwood or softwood treads and risers in the future.
My wife helped me move the heavy sheets, and she snapped these photos. She worked in the garden for much of the weekend. As a result, things are looking really good in there. My 6-year-old son also helped me over the 9 or 10 hours I spent working on the project. He handed me screws and tools and asked me questions. His questions showed he understood the mathematics of stairs surprisingly well. Once, when I was sensing he was getting bored, I asked him if he liked carpentry and if he'd fix or build things on his own someday. He replied, "Oh yes! You will come to my house and we'll fix things together."
I sure hope so.
You can read more about my barn here.
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