Site-Built Steel-Stringer Stairs
A carpenter's approach to simple, modern metal stairs.
Synopsis: Building steel-stringer stairs begins similarly to wooden stringers by determining rise and run, and calculating lengths and angles. Each wooden tread is mortised to receive metal brackets, which are laid out with a jig. Carpenter Josh Edmonds details the process, using step-by-step photographs and an illustration of the stringer layout. To fabricate the stringers and brackets, he uses a metal-cutting circular saw, and then a welder to attach the brackets. The article includes details on installation of the stringers, handrail, and cable rail.
As builders in a somewhat rural part of central New York, we often find ourselves doing things that are a bit outside our comfort zone. Sometimes we can’t find anyone nearby who has the skills or experience needed for a particular task, or the people who do are booked out well into the future. So we pick up tools and learn how to use them out…