Our cat is someplace north of 12 years previous. We’re unsure precisely how previous she is. However she’s beginning to present indicators of decreased mobility. We preserve her meals and her mattress cave on high of our canine kennel in our lounge and what was once one assured leap from the ground to her meals has now turn out to be two calculated and cautious leaps. To assist her out, and see if she would even settle for assist, I CNC’d a 1/2” pine CD plywood set of stairs a number of weeks in the past. She immediately began utilizing them. This additionally implies that after a number of weeks my spouse mentioned the ugly pine plywood needed to go. This mission can be making a substitute set of stairs out of hardwoods.
These stairs can be in opposition to a wall and behind a chair. Our partitions are a chocolate brown in the lounge so I’m going with walnut for the stair stringer. For elevated visibility, I wished to make use of a lighter coloration wooden for the stair treads. For these, I’ll use white oak.
As virtually at all times, step one in my milling course of is tough crosscutting at my miter saw station.
Adopted by tough ripping on the bandsaw for the stair treads.
Then jointing two faces on the jointer for simply the walnut board.
The white oak board was fairly darn flat, to start with, and the items are solely 8” lengthy, so I opted for skip planing just for it. Additionally, teamwork makes the dream work.
Extra tough crosscutting on the miter noticed station.
Lastly, some closing dimensions could be established. First, the walnut stair stringer is ripped to the ultimate width on the tablesaw. Or so I assumed…
And the stair treads are ripped to a closing width of 4”.
Because of some knots and defects, it made sense to maintain the stair tread materials collectively in pairs. They’re lower to their closing size on the desk noticed with a crosscut sled.
With the stair treads lower I shifted consideration to the stair stringer. That’s proper, singular use of the phrase stringer. I’m going for a considerably fashionable search for these stairs. My plan is to offset the stringer towards the wall and have a cantilevered look for the general design. As a result of the rise and run are each 4” a pace sq. makes fast work of the format.
Design modification #1. My idea drawing had an 8” large stair stringer. That’s overkill for only a cat to stroll up. And I assumed it will look too cumbersome with the smaller stair treads.
So I ripped a number of inches off the underside aspect on the desk noticed.
A workbench holdfast is an extremely helpful invention. It’s fast and simple to regulate which makes it excellent for the a number of positions I’ll want to carry the board to chop the stringer.
Right here’s a type of instruments the place there’s a giant hole in lower high quality between the tremendous low-cost and the considerably costly fashions. A very good jigsaw and a very good jigsaw blade will produce a significantly better lower than an affordable jigsaw with a very good jigsaw blade. You can too get straight cuts driving the jigsaw base in opposition to a straight edge.
Again to the stair treads for some joinery. A easy dado is all that can be used to attach the treads to the stringer. So as to add some visible curiosity, I lower half of those dados with the fence 3” away from the fence and the opposite half with the fence 2.25” away.
Despite the fact that the highest platform is way bigger than the remainder of the stair treads it additionally will get the identical dado by its complete width. I’m unsure what dimensions the highest platform ended up being. I had a brief piece of the white oak board I began with that appeared applicable for a shelf so I used it. I by no means even measured it.
This was a enjoyable step. To make the stair treads look somewhat extra fashionable all 4 corners received a 1” radius. I did this on the router desk with a giant flush trim bit and a radius template jig. The bearing on the bit rides in opposition to the radius template on the jig and, as long as it’s chopping within the downhill course, the whole lower could be made in a single go. Fairly nifty, and quick!
Subsequent a .125” radius is added to the highest and backside edges of the stair treads and the underside fringe of the stair stringer.
Time for meeting! This glided by fairly fast. With the stringer within the vise, I added somewhat glue.
And tapped the tread into place ensuring it was flush with the entrance of the stringer.
Rinse and repeat for the remainder of the treads. I made positive to alternate the dado offset as I went down the steps.
The highest platform solely will get glue within the first 4” of the dado however as you may see the dado went during the width of the board. There simply wasn’t a purpose to make a stopped dado right here, or plug the remainder of it, as a result of it can by no means be seen.
After an hour or so of dry time, the stair is leaned up in opposition to my workbench in hopes that it didn’t crumble! Hahaha!
Subsequent, sanding can start. I didn’t go loopy with sanding. There’s no have to take this as much as the identical degree as one thing like a convention desk. I’m positive the cat gained’t be capable to inform a distinction anyway.
And at last, the someday construct is ended with a number of coats of sprayed shellac.
The following day I set it up within the store to shoot the video outro. That’s it! A fast and simple someday construct that serves a particular objective. Easy, but attention-grabbing.
In fact, the cat approves.
As you may see, the steps tuck away properly behind a chair in our lounge.