Make Visual Index.

Technical guides to help manufacture staircases.

Know how stairs and handrails are manufactured.

Modern staircases with CNC production techniques have changed the way stairs are made, here we will be looking mainly at the traditional manufacture process that joinery shops without all the modern machinery will still manufacture their staircases. These skills and the setting out used will help those that wish to make their first stairs or are working on older flights and want to know how they were assembled. Even with modern practices knowing the traditional setting out gives you the advantage to get the stair layout correct.


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A pair of Monkeys' tails ready for fitting.
Monkey’s tail fitting.

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The stair pitch board set over the treads.
The stair pitch board set over the treads.
Finding stringer shoulder position.
Finding stringer shoulder position.
Primary spindle position, cut string stairs.
Primary spindle position, cut string stairs.