Ask Dave    |    About us    |    Members
Home    |    Articles    |    Plans    |    Custom Plans    |    Dictionary    |    Our eBooks    |    Newsletter    |    Member Photos
Your source for building tips, woodworking & furniture plans, house plans and building advice directly from Dave...

Hi, I'm Dave Osborne. With over 50 years experience as a journeyman carpenter, foreman and contractor in heavy construction I enjoyed working with apprentices and sharing the tricks of the trade that others shared with me. Now I get emails from Members all over the world and we include many of my answers in our Free Monthly Newsletters. Some of my answers include drawings and instructions specific to a project, but may also answer your questions. I use correct construction terminology, so you can confidently inform your building supply dealers or contractors exactly what you need.

ASK DAVE!

The Benefits of Membership

Membership gives you full access to our hundreds of how-to articles, woodworking plans, converters, calculators and tables. Our Stair Calculator is one of the most popular on the internet. We have projects you can build for (and with) your kids, furniture for your wife, and sheds and gazebos. If you run into a problem or need advice your Membership includes unlimited email questions to me through our Ask Dave quick response button.

Join us!

Pine Stair Treads

Question

Is pine okay for stair treads or is it too soft a wood?

Answer

Pine is okay for treads as long as you finish it with a urethane or Varathane® finish, which is hard and stands up well for floors. If you are going to use 3/4" pine though, you should have plywood as a backing and make sure it is dry. Stair treads should have a nosing about 1" long and usually 1" thick. If you use 1 1/2" pine you can fasten it right on the stringers without plywood first. Again, it's very important to use dry material.

Dave

(Ask Dave) (About Dave)



Get FULL ACCESS to our site!
Subscribe Now !
Click here

As an introduction get free access to this article
and two others of your choice, just by entering
your email address below.

Receive our FREE Monthly newsletter which contains a
free set of woodworking plans each and every month.

Email:


   
   

Already a Member? Login here:
Username:

Password:

 

Forgot your username or password? Click here.
Info on our Memberships.


legal