06:44AM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Point being that the plunges for the biscuits will plunge into that 1" strip and weaken the wood, and eventually that wood will do its own "adjusting" regards to relative humidity, aging, etc. To avoid a later gap or warping of the "added strip" and to provide structural integrity to the tread, is why I suggested you "marry" a wider strip than 1". Secondly, you'll need to clamp this "marriage joint" and if you've ever used "pole clamps" you'll know that a 1" strip will have a tendancy to buckle and flip from the stress of the clamp. Finally after having "joined" the tread with the tread "extension" you'll need to "plain" it down to match irregularities in the finished surface.

Regards your "condescending analogies to shoe sales" comment, I think you are missing the point entirely, especially at the humor that he used.

There is a RULE in carpentry and other forms of home improvement, and its sage advice (or you can learn the "hard way"). It is: "Measure twice, cut (purchase) once."

Keeping in mind that in one's mind's eye, everything looks different at the store, it is always wise to measure at home, then bring your measurements (AND THE SAME TAPE MEASURE) to the store with you, and confirm BEFORE you buy, and especially before you start adapting anything for installation (return-ability). Many a DIY'er has "been there done that" regards to buying the same item for a project multiple times until they sourced the correct one, and regards ruining some during the "learning curve" of installation.

Also regards the table saw, be sure to read owner's manual and safety precautions completely and understand them before even attempting to use this item. If you don't have the manual, source a copy BEFORE even THINKINg about using this.

Secondly, your cuts can only be as good as the "fence" is true, and any "jigs" you may need to create for Pushing/pulling the wood to maintain the correct pressure against the fence for the entirely of the cut. I strongly recommend practicing with some other material first to develop your technique before you start ripping your intended to be installed treads.


08:47AM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
I've never purchased a pair of SHOES without trying them on, but I have been known to purchase "off the rack" a pair of size 10 slacks and tried to get my size 12 but(t) in them...LOL...always forever hopeful I'll stick to that New Years Resolute diet thru spring.....

Somethings I'll remain ever-hopeful or stubborn on...especially when they're "on sale"! (ah the days of pre-childbearing long-ago - not telling how many years/decades-when I was a size six.....those were the days!)


08:49PM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 02/09/05
5 lifetime posts
Thanks for all the extra advice. I have already memorized the user manual, but it really doesn't tell me enough.

I'm hoping that this is the one and only finesse project I attempt on this beast. It's not my bag. Next time I have the contractor over, I'll ask him to check out the saw. It's only about 2 years old.

I had already created a couple of treads with the 1" appendix. Today I created a couple with larger pieces. I found that using the clamps as spreaders was easier for me. I have the nose of the tread against a back wall, and a cleat screwed down into my workbench about 6" away from the back of the tread. The clamps convert easily to spreaders, effectively pushing the tread against the back wall. Seems to have worked.

Thankss for all of the input. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Mary Anne


04:53AM | 12/15/06
Member Since: 12/14/06
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