Monthly Archives: March 2015

Last bits on the stairs

Written by stephen gale

We are getting there with the stairs and the shelving was installed underneath the stairs on Friday.  It requires 2-3 coats of varnish, but this will have to wait until Monday.  The two pieces of glass for the balustrade should arrive early next week, so everything should be finished on the stairs by the end of next week.

We now have all of the verticals and horizontals in place that make up the shelving under the stairs.  It needs 2-3 coats of varnish and the glass needs to be installed underneath the handrail.

We now have all of the verticals and horizontals in place that make up the shelving under the stairs. It needs 2-3 coats of varnish and the glass needs to be installed underneath the handrail.

Craig and Jake from Huddersfield Joinery (this is all their handy work!) varnishing the newly installed shelving.

Craig and Jake from Huddersfield Joinery (this is all their handy work!) varnishing the newly installed shelving.

With the shelving now in place, we couldn't resist putting a few books in it to see what it might look like once it is full.

With the shelving now in place, we couldn’t resist putting a few books in it to see what it might look like once it is full.

The dog took to sleeping underneath the stairs when the temporary stairs were in place.  We have separate divider where the dog's bed is situated - if we ever don't have a dog, the divider can be slid in so that it looks like the rest of the shelving.

The dog took to sleeping underneath the stairs when the temporary stairs were in place. We have separate divider where the dog’s bed is situated – if we ever don’t have a dog, the divider can be slid in so that it looks like the rest of the shelving.

More progress on the stairs

Written by stephen gale

We are starting to build the shelving underneath the stairs.

We have started on the shelving underneath the stairs.  These are being fitted into the stairs that we built earlier in the week.

We have started on the shelving underneath the stairs. These are being fitted into the stairs that we built earlier in the week.

The shelving under the stairs is made of oak veneered MDF.  Tomorrow the horizontal shelves will be installed.  Once all of the verticals and horizontals are in place, the wood will be varnished so that all the oak matches.

The shelving under the stairs is made of oak veneered MDF. Tomorrow the horizontal shelves will be installed. Once all of the verticals and horizontals are in place, the wood will be varnished so that all the oak matches.

Progress on the stairs

Written by stephen gale

We have installed the knewl posts and the handrail (albeit temporarily) to allow the templates to be cut for the glass panels.  These will be held in place by grooves cut into the knewl posts.  Hence the posts (and handrail) will have to be removed to install the glass.  The posts and the handrail have not been varnished yet, hence it looks a different colour from the rest of the oak.

The knewl posts and handrail are temporarily put in place allowing us to cut the templates for the glass.

The knewl posts and handrail are temporarily put in place allowing us to cut the templates for the glass.

Well, these have only been fitted temporarily allowing us to cut some hardboard for the glass panels that will be installed.  There is a 1-2 week lead time on the glass once it is ordered.  The plan is to carry on with the shelving underneath the stairs while we are waiting for the glass.

Well, these have only been fitted temporarily allowing us to cut some hardboard for the glass panels that will be installed. There is a 1-2 week lead time on the glass once it is ordered. The plan is to carry on with the shelving underneath the stairs while we are waiting for the glass.

New stairs – End of day 2

Written by stephen gale

Well, it is the end of day two and we actually have a set of stairs that you can walk up – albeit without a hand rail.

The treads and the risers are made of solid oak.  These are glued and screwed to the softwood frame underneath.  Here we have half of the treads in place.

The treads and the risers are made of solid oak. These are glued and screwed to the softwood frame underneath. Here we have half of the treads in place.

Treads and risers being glued into position.

Treads and risers being glued into position.

Only the top step is left to install.  The space under the stairs will house book shelves.

Only the top step is left to install. The space under the stairs will house book shelves.

The treads and risers seem to "float" over the edge of the internal splines.  This staircase feels so much more solid that the temporary one we had installed before.

The treads and risers seem to “float” over the edge of the internal splines. This staircase feels so much more solid that the temporary one we had installed before.

The new stairs without the shelving underneath.

The new stairs without the shelving underneath.

New stairs – End of day 1

Written by stephen gale

It is going to take a few days to get the new staircase installed.  The first part of the job is to remove the temporary staircase and build the skeleton that is going to carry the new treads and risers.  The splines had been made in the joiner’s workshop and it is then a case of fitting them on site.  Even so, this took a whole day.  Tomorrow, the oak treads and risers will be installed.

We bought these as a temporary measure when we were renovating the property.

We bought these as a temporary measure when we were renovating the property.

It didn't take long - 4 screws and it was gone.  30 minutes later and the chainsaw had done it's job.

It didn’t take long – 4 screws and it was gone. 30 minutes later and the chainsaw had done it’s job.

There will be two splines that will carry each of the oak treads in the new staircase.  Once the stairs are in place.  The shelves and cupboards will be built to suit.

There will be two splines that will carry each of the oak treads in the new staircase. Once the stairs are in place. The shelves and cupboards will be built to suit.

The treads and the risers are going to be fixed to the two splines.  You can see the bottom tread and riser in place.  The treads and risers are made of solid oak.

The treads and the risers are going to be fixed to the two splines. You can see the bottom tread and riser in place. The treads and risers are made of solid oak.

The two splines are then joined together with pieces of software.  The treads will then be glued to these (and screwed on from underneath).

The two splines are then joined together with pieces of software. The treads will then be glued to these (and screwed on from underneath).