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Kenny Tarmack

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  • Birthday 03/20/1965

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  1. Fishing Fun

  2. How it's made part 7

    For those who followed my series, I totally forgot to post pictures of my stairs after it was completely done, sorry guys and gals. A close up of how flawlessly the treads and risers fit into the routed stringers, (see part 5 for pics of the stringers and how it's put together). Yes, there is a kink in the wall rail, due to a run change between the upper 7 treads and the lower 4 treads, (see part 6 as to why). The top of the balusters fit into a hole drilled in the underside of the rail, the bottoms sit in a hole drilled into the tread, epoxy is put into the holes on the treads to keep them from moving and rattling, small pin nails are shot along side of the balusters on the top to keep them from rattling, basically the nails wedge the balusters against the rail. I used small trim screws to secure the left side of the tread to the stinger and placed the screws so that the shoe on the balusters would cover them. Also got the sliding barn doors done that encloses the utility room, and am currently working on the curved bar. Looks like a small bar, but the bar top will overhang by 10-12" which will in effect make it bigger.
  3. How to Start a Fight

    Several years we had a very cold winter, several days in a row of -20 degree temps. I heard on the news if you put water in a cup and toss the water up out of the cup it would vaporize, I decided to try it, and that's when the fight started,,,,, apparently I was supposed to go outside to do this
  4. We All Use Math;

    On our daughters 1st birthday I was 28 years old (28 times older than her) on her 2nd b-day I was 29 (14 1/2 times older than her) on her 3rd birthday I was 30 (10 times older than her) can anyone tell me how long it will be before she catches up and is older than me??
  5. After my How it's made series

    It's actually a garbage can gene, lots of people think that it's a toilet brush
  6. After my How it's made series

    Does anyone have opinions on a ventless gas insert for the stove, I've read both good and bad things about them, it would only be used when we're down here lounging, and not used to heat the upstairs?
  7. After my How it's made series

    Been busy finishing up the basement family room/bar. When we moved here here 12 years ago, I told my wife, "the basement is mine, the upstairs is yours, I won't tell you how to decorate upstairs and you won't tell me how to do the basement" and we've adhered to that. Since the last time I've posted I have made the 3 built in cabinets, and the barn doors that encloses the utility room and her crafting/sewing room. The basement was unfinished when we moved here, so I took into account the built in cabinets when I framed and drywalled it. I am contemplating putting 1 way glass doors on the cabinets. The circular peice on the floor in one of the pics is the base for the bar, which is the next phase of the project. I still have more Miller signs and lights to put up, not to mention about 15 of the Miller wildlife series of mirrors. The swinging doors with the curves on top are the bathroom. YES I am an old bar rat! but not any more, more fun to stay home and work on this kind of stuff.
  8. How it's made part 6

    Got the newels set, and curved rail hung yesterday, 9 peices 1/4" thick give or take. I put the finger groove on 2 sides of 1" stock and resawed it to 3/8" and ran all 9 peices through the sander so the finished width is 2 1/4", and clamped it to the curved form, (see previous how it's made topics) After letting it dry for a few days I used a paint scraper and belt sander to clean up the top and bottom, then with router put a 1/2" radius on the top. Leaving both newels loose I was able to lay the rail right on the steps and tweak the cuts so they fit nice and tight to the newels. Drilled a 1" hole in the bottom of the rail, and 3/8" hole in the ends. Attached the half newel to the wall, and rail, and bottom newel went in next. 2 washers and a nut secure the rail to the posts. 1" face grain plugs fill the holes no visible fasteners seen on the top of the rail. The bottoms of newel have wraps which hide the screws, still have to put a trim peice on the top of the wraps. The only visible fasteners on this stair are pin nails that are on the newel wrap miters, and trim on the newels, and cove under the tread nosing. I achieved the flair effect on the bottom of the stairs by changing the run. 10" on the right side, 7 1/2" on the left side, (7.47") to be exact. The upper 7 treads have a 9" run. Code says " 12 inches from the narrow side of the stairs the run must not be less than 9", I'm at 9.0625" . Have to seal the curved rail, and wait for the guys to come and put the final coat of finish on these, I don't have the patience for that part of the project, and will post pictures when it's all done and the metal balusters are in. Thanks for reading my series.
  9. How it's made part 5

    Forgot to mention, glue is applied to the 2 sides of the wedges before hammering them home, anyone ever wants to tear this stair out, bring a chain saw!
  10. How it's made part 5

    To answer a few questions that have been asked to me in the past, yes I design and build stairs for a living. The jig for Bending curved stringers was not made specifically for my stairs, it is adjustable for any size radius up to 10' and has been used for 100's of stairs. Here is a picture of the jig used for routing out the stringers and a close up of how the treads and risers get wedged into them, the router bit is called a stair bit, basically a dove tail bit.The jig is adjustable by loosening to two bolts shown with the pencils sticking up, it needs to be adjusted for each stair, do to the different run and rise. A picture of the under side of my stairs, a small bead of glue is applied to the bottom of the riser, the riser is then stapled the the back side of the tread then wedged. The treads get put in and wedged first, then the risers. Glue blocks are then applied to top of the riser, and the under side of the tread. Think about this, in order for the tread to bend, 8" of riser under the tread must bend, and 8"of riser over the tread must bend, not going to happen, that's the reason a center stringer is not needed. I'm currently setting the newel and putting in the curved rail, more episodes to follow.also a pic of the jig used for cutting the wedges, the board is flipped end for end after each cut.
  11. How it's made part 4

    will post pictures of the jig used to route them out in my next post, stringers are3/4" routes are 7/16" deep. As best I know there is no code related to thickness, if there is we have never been flagged on a job for it, (been doing it this way for 20 some years) and a 3rd center stringer is not needed, Will post pics of the underside of the stairs in my next post, and you will see how solidly it is built and why the center stringer is not needed.
  12. How it's made part 4

    Installation of the new stairs. Wanted to do a time lapse video of this,but, the painter I hired to apply the finish clear coat said he would be here this week, so I installed the stairs last week,and didn't worry about finding someone with a camcorder that would do time lapse, he calls me up and says the house he is working at now added a bunch of other stuff they want done, so it will be about a month before he gets here, oh well just me and the wife live here and shoes are not allowed in our house so no big deal. For those who have been keeping up with my project, here is some before, after, and doing the project, more pics to follow
  13. How it's made part 3

    Nick, All that matters in this newel is that the outside of the miters are tight, the inside of the newel will not be seen so the inside of the miters don't really matter, the glue blocks hold the miters together, and not the miter joint itself. Better to over miter than under miter and have a gap on the last joint. Tried to post a pic for you but the system won't allow me to do that. Any help from the moderators??
  14. How it's made part 3

    Building a box newel. After milling the boards down to 3/4" I ran them through the table saw using a power feed, to miter the edges at 47degrees. The outside dimension of the newel is 5", the inside is 3.5". I then glued 3 blocks about 3 3/8" to the inside and secured them with small glue blocks, (just scraps cut about 3/4"×3/4") After the glue sets up, apply glue to 1 mitered edge and use pin nails to hold it in place. Then using shims square the 2 peices to each other, and apply glue blocks to the 3 3/8×3 3/8 inner block to hold it square, and apply glue blocks to the inside miter to hold it together. Now the two sides are square to each other, repeat the process for the 3rd side. Install more glue blocks to the remaining 2 miters, hold the glue blocks down from the inside of the miter about 1/16". Let the glue sets up and use glue on the 2 remaining miters, and construction adhesive on the glue blocks, the adhesive will fill the small gap. Put the remaining peice in place and clamp it up, and let set overnight to dry. My experience tells me that construction adhesive expands as it dries resulting in open miters on the last peice if not clamped. On the top of the newel I add 1 1/4" backing on all 4 sides, this is where the rail be secured, 2" of wood is stronger than 3/4". Make a top block to your liking, and trim it to your liking. Sorry for my inability to post the directions with the appropriate picture, I'm a man and don't read directions and tutorials. This newel is already notched for the stairs, that's why the cuts on the bottom.
  15. How it's made part 2

    Sorry for starting another post, system won't let me post pics on original post, yes it is a curved stair stringer (you guys are good) got it cut out today, and clamped back to the form until I'm ready to install it. A few pics of the bowed risers that will tie into it. Pulled my drawing up on the Autocad program about a month ago and seen I started designing this about 8 years ago, why is my wife in such a hurry to get it done, it all takes time. More pics to follow, may even try to do time lapse video of the installation.b

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