When Club member David DeLine of Spokane, Washington, was
laying out the stringers for the stairs of his new deck, he had trouble taking accurate measurements with his speed square because of the rounded profile of the pressure-treated lumber. To solve the problem,
he created this adjustable stair-placement jig from 1/4-in. plywood and scrap 2x2 material. Simply cut parts A and B to match the dimensions of your treads and risers, and then fasten them to the 2x2. Place the jig flat against the stair stringer and trace around the plywood. Although you could make a single plywood template (combining parts A and B in one piece), David recommends using two separate plywood panels so that you can independently adjust the jig’s tread depth and riser height for future stair-building projects.
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