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Old 04-20-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Stair Tread Jig??


I need a Jig, and I was hoping someone has some pics, or a quick way to make one.....

I'm not fitting stair treads....I'm going to be fitting about a hundred 1x blocks...finished stain grade between exposed beams.

I have a crude idea from something I read in a magazine...So, what I'm thinking is a horizontal board with grooves on both ends with adjustable vertical pieces attached with wing nuts. I have a bunch of scrap 1/2' ac plywood I'm planning to use.

Any tips, tricks, pics, would be cool!!

The beams are approx. 2'OC, so the jig will be about 20".....
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:14 PM   #2
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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


ive been looking for this as well, i took a couple photos of our stair guys home made one a couple years ago but the pics didnt turn out

just waiting to be on site again at the same time as he is. normally im long gone with the trim when we bring in the stair installer.

ive been wanting to get into finishing stairs more often as its a rarity that the gc lets us do it

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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


I would love to help but I'm not getting what you are up to. can you explain differently or provide a picture of something similar to what you are doing?
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:41 PM   #4
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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


Why not just use a tread jig? I think rockler has an inexpensive one.
I made mine from some left over lexan. It is somewhere in my shop. The bad news is , so is everything else.
Gus, think of it as a jig for bridging
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I can't post attachments for some reason....anyway....I have to scribe filler trim between exposed floor joists. Similar to fitting stair treads between stringer trim.

So, I've seen an adjustable "H" shaped tread jig that you can extend the sides to get the exact scribe of both sides. No doubt Rockler has a jig, but the concept is so simple I figured I could just make one.
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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


Mine is just basically a straight piece
with a slot( short of both ends),
and two "Tees" each with a carriage bolt
and wing nut.
I radiused off everything but the two
business ends just so it looks pretty.
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larger board about 4" shorter than your space with slots wing nuts and washers 2 smaller boards one on each end. epoxy a carriage bolt in each
they conform to your scribe tighten wing nut.
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Mine is just basically a straight piece
with a slot( short of both ends),
and two "Tees" each with a carriage bolt
and wing nut.
I radiuse off everything but the two
business ends just so it looks pretty.
That's the idea...thanks neo. I couldn't spit it out.....I'm thinking about nipping corners of the 'tees'
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:53 PM   #9
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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


here's the project.....filler blocks between the joists, and then a standard wrap.
Stain grade walnut trim...


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Old 04-24-2010, 03:00 PM   #10
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Re: Stair Tread Jig??


some pics of the jig I just made.... I'll modify the sliders and "Ts" to use for the stair treads....

I'd like to add aluminum to the "Ts" for more accurate scribing...for now I just wan to see if it works....

Stair Tread Jig??-stair-jig-005.jpg

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