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Stairs (Best of Fine Homebuilding) Paperback – March 14, 1996

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This essential reference brings together the best articles on stairbuilding from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Written by master craftsmen, architects and engineers, this book contains first-hand information about designing and building stairs that you won't find anywhere else. More than 20 common and unique staircases are showcased in this book, so whether you are interested in building straight and simple or complex curved ones, this book will show you how! Since it began publication in 1981, Fine Homebuilding has been the magazine of choice for builders and homeowners interested in working smarter, faster and better. "The Best of Fine Homebuilding" series organizes the most useful articles from the first 100 issues by subject. Whether you are working on your own house or in the building trades, you will find the field-tested information you need right here.

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"Fine Woodworking "was launched in 1975 in response to the lack of quality woodworking resources available. With a circulation of 287,000 woodworkers of all skill levels, the magazine has become the #1 source of how-to information on techniques, tools, finishing, and inspiration.
Since 1981, the pages of" Fine Homebuilding" have inspired and instructed people who care about quality of home improvement and construction. With a circulation of more than 300,000, the magazine is the premier source for information on how to build projects better, faster and more efficiently.

These tips have been collected from articles and columns in Threads magazine. Threads provides in-depth sewing information and inspiration in an engaging, accessible format. Each issue is filled with creative ideas, technical expertise and resources to help readers improve their sewing skills and express their individual style.

"Fine Woodworking "was launched in 1975 in response to the lack of quality woodworking resources available. With a circulation of 287,000 woodworkers of all skill levels, the magazine has become the #1 source of how-to information on techniques, tools, finishing, and inspiration.
Since 1981, the pages of" Fine Homebuilding" have inspired and instructed people who care about quality of home improvement and construction. With a circulation of more than 300,000, the magazine is the premier source for information on how to build projects better, faster and more efficiently.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best of Fine Homebuilding
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561581313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561581313
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As soon as I opened this book I knew it was what I was looking for. Being in the middle of renovations I was stuck on how to rebuild my staircase and this book came to the rescue. The terminology was simple, the instructional pictures very clear and concise. There was an exact example in the book of what I had to build and using the techiniques, I have sucessfully rebuilt my staircase to my own amazement. I would reccomend this book for anyone from a begining home renovator to a well establish contractor as this book also goes into great detail about more complicated stair structures, ballusters,railing and again with very clear and concise instructions. In amongst the instructions are some beautiful shots of some staircases that have been built using the methods in this book.
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By A Customer on January 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was a disapointment, as it contained lots of pretty pictures, but not much in the way of detailed construction information. There was no info on constructing circular stairs, instead, valuable space was spent explaining and photographing stone walkways on a hillside. It does not contain enough good instruction to be of help to me.
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I'm in the process of remodeling my house and am replacing a railing. Using information from the stair parts manufacturers and from a local stair parts salesman, I had managed to figure out the pieces I needed but now needed help installing it. The instructions from the stair parts manufacturers did not provide the detail I needed. I purchased another stair book at a woodworking show but it didn't help much either. While standing in line at a tool store I spotted this book on the counter. It has saved me.

It has one chapter "Design Guidelines for Safe Stairs" that was invaluable in working out some of the details of my design. Good practical information where they're not afraid to express their opinion. The real life saver for me was the chapter "Installing Manufactured Stair Parts". This gave me the confidence and advice I needed to get through the project.

I didn't end up using much, if any, of the rest of the book but it served as inspiration. There are some amazing stair projects of some of the most beautiful stairways you'll ever see.
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