|As you may have noticed in some of the previous shots of the stairs, we have decided to create a small landing at the bottom. This is partially to ease the transition into the stairs, and partially because I needed somewhere to run the water supply lines over to the cabinet. It will also hide the main drain pipe that runs along the wall. Here is the framed-in area:
A few weeks ago, I picked up a pack of red oak tongue-and-groove boards at Lowe's which I plan to lay across the framing, with a custom-milled nose on the front. Thus the first order of business is the creation of the nose from some 1x4 square oak stock:
I cut enough to do all three lower landings (doh! I just realized that there are actually four landings, including the one at the top that I plan to replace!). Fortunately, the setup was fairly straightforward - I used a 3/8-inch roundover bit on both sides to create the full radius at the front, and a 1/4-inch straight end mill to create the groove.
Now, to move on to cutting and installing some of the boards. Given the small area and sporadic nature of my renovation schedule, I decided to just hammer and countersink, rather than renting a specialized flooring nailer:
And here we have the fully installed landing:
I'm going to hold off sanding and finishing it until all of the stairs are done, and then I will install some simple molding along the wall to cover up the gaps, but at least this way we won't have to worry about falling through the framing when we're walking down the stairs!
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