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Offline eddomak

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36mm Bull Nose Birch Ply Step Tread - Durable?
« on: February 13, 2017, 06:40 PM »
I am building an elevated bed (only 700mm high, with set of 3-4 stairs next to it which will provide access. For the step treads, I am using 36mm baltic birch ply, and the designer was thinking of having a bull nose profile to the tread, but showing the exposed plies of the plywood.

I envisage this is extremely low traffic (1 person, multiple times a day), and only barefoot or in socks.

I was wondering if anyone could advise whether this may be a good/bad idea? Will the step treads be durable enough?

Thanks in advance for your help on this.

P.S. Hopefully no-one asks for a picture.  [big grin]

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Offline todd_fuller

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Re: 36mm Bull Nose Birch Ply Step Tread - Durable?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 09:43 PM »
Finish might dictate durability. Maybe a penetrating epoxy to make it extremely tough?

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: 36mm Bull Nose Birch Ply Step Tread - Durable?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 09:56 PM »
I think if you are talking real baltic birch as opposed to birch veneer plywood, which I think you are, then it should be fine.

That penetrating epoxy idea sounds interesting. What ever finish you end up using make sure the steps aren't too slippery.

Also if the bullnose becomes worn it might be possible to refresh it by simply running a router over it again in the future to re-bullnose it, or even just re-roundover from the top side.


Offline eddomak

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Re: 36mm Bull Nose Birch Ply Step Tread - Durable?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 09:14 PM »
I have now done a quick test piece of 2x12mm laminated and I think it should be fine.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: 36mm Bull Nose Birch Ply Step Tread - Durable?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2017, 04:47 PM »
My Bedframe is made out of 21mm birch ply.
Not bull-nosed, but chamfered 45° on both sides.
I slide over the "edge" with my body all the time, getting in and out. Has been holding up perfectly for 3+ years.
Coating: 3 coats of roled on clear poly...

I think if you go epoxy, it will be bomb proof.