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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:15 pm 
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While uploading some photos to the new laptop, I came across some I haven't seen in a while.

Here's a few shots from a job a couple years ago.
The homeowner wanted something different for his spiral staircase, so this is what the glass guy and I came up with. Basically, all the glass guy needed was a level track for the glass to set in, and he gave me the depth and thickness he needed. I used 1"x2" oak for the track. The flooring is Brazilian Teak, So I blended a couple stains to get a close match. I forget exactly what colors I used. The owner calls it "The Fish Tank". The actual stairs were made from a template. Once a template was made, it was laid on top of a few pieces of flooring, penciled then cut. Luckily each step was the exact same size.

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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Neat idea!

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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That looks cool ! But you wouldn't catch me going down that spiral in my socks. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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Is that dog about to unload one on that rug? :shock:

I have one like that with a black border. Woven jute, cotton border

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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floormeintucson wrote:
Is that dog about to unload one on that rug? :shock:

I have one like that with a black border. Woven jute, cotton border


The Dog ? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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Nice looking workmanship, Bayside. Just one question. Was using Oak for the trim a design consideration to match other trim elements?

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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Not really to match other trim, but the owner didn't want it to look like the flooring. He wanted it to stand out a little, sort of like a border.


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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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On the stair treads, how were the ends edges done? The flooring looks to be solid. When the flooring was cut to fit the steel treads, the wide ends edges would be raw, exposed wood, yes?
And there would be the backside kerfs as well. It appears that all that could be done is sand smooth and apply some finish to those exposed edges. I am guessing that is what you did. Yes?


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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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I hate those stairs, I almost broke my neck slipping down one I carpeted

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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When I had my store in Frazier Park, CA we ran into tons of spirals. Mostly rustic cabins up there. I had a great carpet crew up there for 15 years, but they hated carpeting those spirals with a passion. They used to wrap those things with berber, now that takes some know how.

Im pretty impressed with the "fish tank" bayside , great idea & job. Never did one in wood, let alone the "tank".
Haven't run into a spiral out here in the last 8 years.

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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Gary wrote:
It appears that all that could be done is sand smooth and apply some finish to those exposed edges. I am guessing that is what you did. Yes?


That was it....Good guess Gary. :mrgreen:

I was wanting to add some wood to the front and backsides of the steps, but they had a little bow to them, length wise, so it would have been a real pain in the rear to get that to look right. I did add a little black caulking between the wood and the metal to fill any gaps between the two.


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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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I even wrapped the underside of those with crapet many times in the Bay area and here in Tucson. I can't imagine doing them in wood. Great job!!

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 Post subject: Re: The Fish Tank
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It appears that all that could be done is sand smooth and apply some finish to those exposed edges. I am guessing that is what you did. Yes?


That was it....Good guess Gary. :mrgreen:


Not a guess. Deductive reasoning. Consider the options. Only other option was to attach a thin piece of wood ( that could be bent without breaking )to that wider, outside curved end. Since you were using prefinished flooring, the odds of that turning out well would be slim to none.

But you did a very nice job on a way less than easy stair case. 8)


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