Author Topic: Looking for advanced handrail/stairs book (tangent/curved/over the post)  (Read 344 times)

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Offline woodwarda99

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I am in search of an advanced stair building book (over the post railing, volutes, turnouts, curved rails, and other advanced handrail and stair layout design and application). Most material i find is for the beginner or for the pro buy lacks information. I would love an updated high skill advanced field carpentry book about stairs. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I am a carpenter with about 8 years experience and have gotten to work on several hundred difficult and unique projects in my time that most tradesmen only experience in about 15-20 years. For that I am fortunate! But I dont know everything and wish to expand my knowledge and possibilities

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Offline Packard

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I have not read this book, but as a rule Find Homebuilding's books have been very good to excellent in my opinion.

Offline TSO_Products

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@woodwarda99 - your post brings to mind a conversation I had with Lon Schleining (author of books published by TAUNTON) some time ago.

While we talked about steam bending, in the course of talking about his work I learned that building staircases is his business in California .

Try his email:

If you don't get a response, let me know.


Offline Packard

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I just went to and there are some pretty incredible pieces shown.

Offline Doug S

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Modern Practical Stairbuilding and Handrailing by George Ellis is often thought to be the epitome of books on making stairs, first printed in 1932.

Not for the faint hearted, some serious geometry etc involved.

Offline Bob D.

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This book will take you down in the weeds so far you'll think you building the very first staircase.

Seriously though it goes into great details on layout for the most elaborate to the simplest stair.

It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?