The curtail tread with a commode front.

The commode curtail tread is way to give a softer look to the curtail tread, the commode front may also be used if you want to bring the curtail ends back in tighter to the stringers in situations where you have narrow hallways. the commode will allow you to retain the curtail feature you wish to have but keep the stairs norrower by swinging the curtail end back a bit and then wreathing the Monkey’s tail from further round the curve instead of perpendicular to the front of the tread.

The commode front may continue up into the second or third treads to give a really grand start to the flight.

Here again the Monkey’s tail will need to be drawn first: In order to be able to design the tread to set under it correctly and the spindles to sit on the tread correctly.

Commode curtail tread
The commode curtail Tread.
commode curtail tread.
Commode curtail.

Interactive 3D models.

Here we have a few samples to give an idea of the finished article, The spindle spacing will change dependant on the size of the Monkey’s tail and corresponding curtail tread.

There are 2 options for supporting the handrail over the curtail end, either a newel post or a bird’s cage of spindles.

Click an image below for the interactive 3D model of that layout. Some of these are fairly large files and may take a few seconds to load.


A Monkey's tail set over a newel post on a commode curtail tread.
Curtail tread with Commode front and a Monkeys tail set over a Newel post 3D

Curtail tread with the Commode front. 3D


To show the Monkey's tail set over a bird's cage spindle arrangement and curtail tread.
Curtail tread with Commode front and a Monkey’s tail set over a bird’s cage of spindles. 3D

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