I have a woodworking shop, a small business I work on weekends and evenings after my ‘real’ job. I specialize in hardwood items, such as entertainment centers,, shelving units, and I do specialty jobs for area contractors.
I have been asked by a contractor to build a spiral staircase. I have never attempted to build such a project. The bent and curving handrail seems to be especially daunting. This project will be built to look rustic, using heavy lodge pole pine ‘split logs’ for the treads, the balusters are to be dovetailed into the ends of each tread, and these dovetails are much larger that I can cut with a dovetail bit using my router.
Does anyone know of any online instructions or have any hints on how to go about planning and building a custom job like this? Any suggestions are welcome.