Welcome to the Appendix, this is where you can keep up to date with the latest additions to the site. These may be pages we are working on, completed pages or just pages we have done additional work to.
This is the place to keep up to date on what we have been working on.
I have started adding the date published to each post.
Shallow pitch in – flight pitch out. – KnoStairs.
A look at the geometry for a 90º turn with a shallow angle coming into the turn and a flight pitch coming out of the turn.
I have just started this one and will let you know as I add some videos etc.
Post started 18th November 2022
Diminishing flier. – KnoStairs.
When it comes to wreathing handrail design and a comfortable flow to the staircase, this is probably the least used tread design and apart from the feature
Post published: 11th Sept 2022
A technical guide to drawing stairs. – KnoStairs.
Ever wanted to know how to draw stairs? find out how In our handrailer’s cpd guide on how to draw staircases. With hints and tips to aid in the design and setting out.
Tangent handrail Versus CAD. – KnoStairs.
A look at the differences. Tangent handrail is not an exact science, even though the geometry used when drawn into a CAD programme is accurate to […]
Tread Designs – Curtail ends. – KnoStairs.
The curtail step. The curtail is one of the fanciest starts to a stair, it is designed solely for the Monkey’s tail or scroll, the curves […]
Cutting the opening cap joint. – KnoStairs.
Once the handrail opening cap joint has been determined it is time to cut the cap, I will normally do this on a blank piece of […]
Changing a square newel to a turned newel. – KnoStairs.
Adding a turned newel for a handrail feature end. In this article, we will look at cutting down a square newel post (Illu’ 1), shaping the […]
Spiral or straight staircase? – KnoStairs.
Do spiral staircases save space? The simple answer is: NO. Spiral stairs do not save space. If they did we would see more spiral stairs in […]
Diminishing handrail rebate.
How to get the rebate cut for setting the diminishing handrail under a stringer or ceiling line.
Staircase & Handrail reference.
Books. A Simplified Guide to Custom Stairbuilding and Tangent handrailing. This is the book I referenced most of all when learning the tangent system of handrailing. You may have to read some of the explanations a few times but if it was that easy anyone could do it. ISBN 0-941936-63-5 Modern practical stairbuilding and handrailing.…
Newel removal – starter tread replacement. – KnoStairs.
How to remove the newel post and bottom tread to replace with a feature tread. The stages involved. Introduction to this article. How the stairs are […]
Staircase and handrail 3D model introduction.
A look at some of the 3D infographic videos we are creating, these show how the various staircase and handrail parts fit together.
Staircase and handrail stretch out. – KnoStairs.
How the stretch out of the staircase shows the handrail flow or can be used to create the handrail flow for smoother transitions.
Stair drawing – check list. – KnoStairs.
A check list for the processes used in drawing a staircase and handrail, used as a reference for getting the processes in the correct order.
Different ways to seat the spindles into the treads and fit them to the underside of the handrail. Historic and modern practices for setting the spindles.