Stairs? Oct 6, 2015

For those of you graduating this week, here is a little post for you.  You just completed the “Stairs” module. Looking around, there are stairs everywhere, and I found an unusual one this past weekend on one of my “leisure” activities.

A friend decided that he wanted to celebrate his birthday climbing Mt. Mansfield in Vermont….only the highest point in the state! We succeeded:




..and ending up having a birthday cake on the top of the mountain. Not bad for and old dude!

It occurred to me that we were climbing up a series of natural stairs and on the way down I was noticing some of the constructed stairs made by the park service. Here is one:


Simple stuff, but using the same principles you learned in the module….consistent unit rises and unit runs, comfortable ratios, solid construction, etc. These ones were made with 6 x 6’s and were mortised and lap-jointed into each other. Great “rough” carpentry….you can find it everywhere you look. Soon you will be contributing to the collection!

Good luck,


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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