Fitting Stair Treads


Cobbled together out of scrap plywood, the jig shown in the accompanying drawing makes it easy to fit stair treads between a pair of walls or skirtboards.

To use the jig: Fitting Stair Treads

  • Loosen the wing nuts and lay it across the tread cuts of the stair stringers with its back tight against the riser cuts.
  • Extend the legs so that they’re snug against the walls or skirtboards and tighten all the nuts.
  • Remove the jig carefully, place it onto the tread stock and scribe the end cuts on the stock. 

When cutting, leave just a trace of the cutline for a perfect fit.

- Robert Plourde, Atlanta

Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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