A little while back I helped a friend do some work on his house, and he gave me a bunch of reclaimed wood that was given to him. I decided this would be a good opportunity to use some of that.
I chose 3 not so pretty pieces of walnut for this project. The irregular shapes meant that I would have to cut them into smaller strips and glue them up.
I really didn’t feel like hauling out a circular saw so I used a Japanese saw to cut the boards into manageable widths.
There were certain pieces with cracks that only part of the cut board could be used.
Some parts of the boards had cupping. To get around this, I ripped the boards as close to the center of the cupped area, jointed the pieces with a jointer and planed all the boards to a consistent thickness.
Using most of the strips of walnut I was able to put together three steps. I was looking for 19 ¼ inches in width for each step.
I knew the overhang wasn’t going to be exact, I was making this off of a 10 minute sketch :), I just wanted it to be between ½ and ¾ inches. More importantly to me was to make the top step a little bigger of a landing so the dog could turn if necessary.
I was originally going to use my Ryobi biscuit jointer, but I was out of the larger biscuits.
The glue up was done on a piece of melamine board to make glue clean up easier.
Only thing left after the steps dry was to trim the sides to the necessary width of 19 ¼ inches, scrape the glue joints and sand them down.
Now that the steps are made it’s time to pretty up the dog stair carcass that was made in the previous post.
Making a Fancy Dog Step links.
- Part 1 – Carcass Construction
- Part 2 – Making the Walnut Steps
- Part 3 – Installing Fancy Trim, Painting and Installing the Steps
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