The Stairwell Remodel

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  • The goal: open up + modernize this old oak staircase as part of our overall home remodel
  • Looking toward the living room and entryway from the kitchen.
  • First things first... we opened up the far wall to the mudroom (and my future office)
  • This will soon be an open railing and the entrance to my office.
  • Got the kitchen cleaned out
  • I thought about engineering the pipe to be removable with springs, but I wound up scrapping that ...
  • Basement carpet goin in
  • Steps carpeted
  • Picking up some oak
  • Stairwell supplies
  • Had a great time hanging out and working with this lady this weekend. Happy Mother's Day, mom! 5 comments
  • Newel post hardware
  • Setting the first posts for the banister
  • Settin posts
  • The first section always takes the longest.
  • Buildin this handrail 10 comments
  • Later, I decided I should probably finish up that last banister post on the top to prevent people...
  • Once I got it to this point I decided it was "safe" and let it sit in this state for farrrr too long
  • It's always hilarious listening to contractors bitch while cleaning up after other contractors. O...
  • Back to chipping away at this handrail project
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  • Fitting the last bit of this railing
  • Hoping to keep hardware to a minimum, I joined the banister cap and base boards together with dow...
  • Th hidden spline on the banister cap
  • There was a lot of drilling, routing, and precise cuts to get everything to fit properly.
  • Starting on the top of the banister... oh yea. that's a tight miter
  • For the top of the banister, I ripped and planed down some 6" boards and then cut the miters and ...
  • The top of the banister set in place
  • Then it was back to the tricky part... Getting the rest of the angled pieces fit and cut.
  • I made a jig in order to help me make a clean, square hole to inset the bottom newel post into th...
  • Once my newel post hole jig was made, I used a combination of a multi-tool, Japanese pull saw and...
  • Look at this fit.
  • Setting everything in place before disassembling to finish.
  • Finishing all of the trim pieces in my shop
  • I masked the glue points of all of the wooden banister pieces before finishing
  • Finished banister caps and base boards.
  • Then I had to mask everything that I'd already installed in order to finish the newel posts
  • Finishing the pre-installed newel posts required so much prep work
  • My tent for finishing the newel posts in our already finished home.

Photos from our stairwell opening and remodeling

Photos taken from October, 2015 to May, 2018 in Des Moines, Ankeny, and Oralabor, Iowa

Album added 3 years ago (Dec 7, 2015).