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Pine stair steps splitting
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Michele in VA    Posted 10-05-2004 at 13:50:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my staircase is heart pine. perhaps because of the
moisture in the basement, some of the stair steps are
splitting (still very fine splits) with the grain. should i fill
in with wood filler or pour some kind of polyurethane in
there and revarnish the entire stair tread? or both?

OH Boy    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:26:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you have some good repair tips from the others.

I am kind of wondering though if your treads are splitting because of too much or too little humidity? Usually wood only splits like that when it shrinks from becoming drier.

You might need more humidity in your house.

deadcarp    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
whatever kind of wood you use, seal it (the wet part anyway)with shellac. it's made outa ground up bugs and mankind hasn't chemistried any better sealer that i know of. it'll seal smokesmell in a fire job.

BOSS    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remove them and put in oak treads.

nothing will save what you have now.

Michele in VA    Posted 10-06-2004 at 08:09:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're at least 50 years old, possibly 200 years old,
and still in great shape. The splits are hairline, but I
don't want them to get any worse. The rest of the house
is also the original 200-year old heart pine.

bet its a beauty    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:07:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
love that yellow pine. your staircase must be nice. that pine looks as warm and inviting as any wood i have seen anywhere. local cut right at the place, as old as your house is. what county in the old dominion are you located?


well    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
that ain't just so boss. she can pull them up and split them. then biscuit join them with that monkey (polyurethane) glue. we done that on many a job before. mud

BOSS    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:27:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very true! sorry.

But thats alot of work isn't it?

I love to join wood together like that and have the new guy try to break it at the point of the joining. They have never broke apart the joint. They can't believe that you can make a joint stronger than the actual wood itself.

yup    Posted 10-06-2004 at 06:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
that gorilla glue is strong stuff, jest dont get it on your fingers. my heavens-- they will be black for 2 days.

splitting a tread is not so hard. getting all the errant splinters out of the way before glue-up can be troublesome. a biscuit joiner is one slick tool. i use one more & more. rockwell has rig that will let you join face frames 1 1/2" wide. we use that a bunch.

yellow pine is a beautiful wood for flooring and stairs. it is much more expensive than oak here. antique yellow pine is highly sought after by designers. see that a lot. they like that look now. shoot we've liked that look before we knew it was hip. oh, well, next thing you know feed hats will be stylish again.


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