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2023-Apr-15 - Wooroloo - Staircase #6

To cut out the stringers I at first attempted to use my little band saw.

I thought that this would give me more accurate control as opposed to using a circular saw.

I set up a work bench (2 lengths of pine on carpentry horses) and placed the bandsaw on some spacers.

I found that I had absolutely no control as I attempted to push a large piece of timber through the blade.

Next I tried a jigsaw.

I accurately tracked along the cutting line but the profile of the cut was not square - the blade was deviating.

Next I tried a little box saw but this was a lot of work.

I have a good quality Makita corded circular saw that is set up in my Triton work bench.

I extricated it from its mounting frame.

The benefit of this saw, as opposed to the cheap but cheerful GMC that I use out on site, is that I can watch the cutting edge of the blade without getting a faceful of sawdust.

Using the saw I managed to cut the first stringer.


I cut the next 3 stringers.


I loaded up the cut stringers and headed out to site.

It took me all day to install the first run (undercroft floor to first landing)

This involved a lot of fettling and careful adjustments to achieve as much accuracy as possible.


I repeated for the next set of stringers (landing to street level).

Again very slow and took the entire day.

I really need to build the partition wall that will run alongside these stringer - so need to order some H3 45 x 90 pine.

I also need to cut and install the middle stringers for each run.


I ordered the pine at start of business in the morning and picked it up at 2 pm from Midland Timber.

I also purchased a drill bit to allow me to drill through the floor tiles without shattering them.


I had coffee with the boys and then headed out to site to build the partition wall.

Being a slow start to the day - I did not achieve a lot.

I dynabolted down the retaining batten at the beginning of the first flight of stairs.

I also used a plumbob to mark up the floor and wall positions of the partitioning.

I used a diamond tipped angle grinder blade to cut a slot in the wall tiles on both sides of the room.


I purchased more dynabolts at the Mt Helena Hardware and also home grown fruit next to the post office in Chidlow.

Once on site I rebated one stud and the bottom plate to fit around the 5mm overlength of the landing.

This was fiddly and wasted a lot of time.

I then trenched the top and bottom plates to accept the studs.

Next I drilled 12 mm holes in to the floor and dynabolted the bottom plate in to position.

I started drilling the overhead 12 mm holes through the 8 mm thickness of the overhead beam but I could feel this causing my back to spasm.

After a bit of fiddling around I hit on the idea of a crude upwards drill press using a long length of timber and a pivoted lever arm.

It was late by now so I had to stop. I will continue the drilling on another day.

I must admit, I will be very relieved once I have completed the drilling.

Taking the cut stringers out to site

First run fettled in to position

Second run fettled in to position

Timber for partition

Bottom batten dynabolted to floor

Slot cut in wall tiling

Top and bottom plates