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A Simplified Guide to Custom Stairbuilding and Tangent Handrailing Paperback – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing; Revised edition edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941936635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941936637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George di Cristina began apprenticing in his father's stairbuilding shop in 1931 and has been a principal of J. di Cristina and Son ever since. He lives in Burlingame, California.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bloomer on September 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the only book available that one can actually use to learn tangent handrailing, and classical stair design. This is an advanced text for the architectural woodworker with some grounding in stairbuilding. If this describes your situation, buy the book, glue up some practice blanks out of construction lumber, and begin your exploration of a fascinating craft. Mowatt is a great conversation piece on the bookshelf, but the only reason I know what he's talking about is owed to the time I spent with DiChristina's book. My copy is somewhat beaten-up due to the time it has spent on the workbench. I am grateful to the author for the clearest and best organized book on this subject.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Todd Barrow on May 13, 2002
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More easily understood than "Treatise on Stairbuilding". I have consulted this book on many occasions, and it has never let me down. Well written, but will take some study to master the vast amount of information contained in the book. This book is not for the geometrically challenged.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kh on June 26, 2006
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honestly, if you are halfway through a curved handrail at sort of a sticky point and think "I'll order this book, it looks like it might help", well, you are probably wrong.

Lots of info, like a lot of the other stair books, but not put together in a way that will be useful in the short term. I'd say it's more like a text book. Also the term "Simplified" in the title...I guess if you are Stephen Hawking, then perhaps. But why would Stephen Hawkings want a book about building stairs?

A lot to get your head around, not going to help you out of a bind, unless your bind is something like "how do I find the vertex locations of a rake-to-level section"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tangent on March 21, 2011
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If your studying the tangent handrail system, this book will help you clarify what has been written in other books on the tangent handrail system like A Treatise on Stairbuilding and Handrailing by W & A Mowat. The only real mistake in this book is the study of prismatic solids. The study of prismatic solids in relationship to the tangent handrailing system is wrong. The oblique plane that the tangents to the ellipse are on, is a section plane and W & A Mowat do a better job of explaining the oblique section plane where the face mould of the wreath is geometrically developed.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barry W Robole on November 20, 2002
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The title and even the example pages that are viewable are very misleading to the actual content of the book. I did not pay close enough attention to the chaper/page breakdown. Only a third of the book has anything to do with the construction of the stairs, and the rest is covering handrail design construction. The information in the first two sections did not provide me with any usable info on how to build a staircase. If you are building a very complex railing system, this may be a good purchase, otherwise, save your money.
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