Vertical supports between handrail and treads or stringers, usually more delicate than newel posts. Vertical supporting member of a balustrade.
The combination of rail and posts or balusters that support it, forming a guard rail.
Commonly the bottom step which projects beyond the stringer in a half round shape.
A built up, closed stringer with no supporting wall beneath it.
An uncut stringer into which the treads are housed so that they are not visible from outside of the stair.
A rectangular trim with the prominent corner of a concave shape. Often used as scotia.
A curved, cut away transition at pitch changes in handrails and stringers.
A trim piece at gallery areas or at closed stringers situated beneath a landing strip or the balustrade shoe.
A drawing of the side, front or rear of a structure or object.
An ornamental terminating part, such as a ball atop a newel post.
A shaped rod or rail that conforms to the stair pitch, or runs level at the landings, and forms the top of a balustrade.
The height directly above the stair nosings to the ceiling or soffit above—an important code issue.
The grooved portions of a closed stringer, precisely routed away to accept treads, risers and wedges.
To glue together boards, either edge-to-edge or face-to-face. Also, to glue a veneer to another surface.
The transition nosing piece at landings matching typical tread noses on the front and floor thickness on back edge.
A perpendicular end cap on open stringer treads, covering the end grain.
A starting or landing post providing the main support of a balustrade. Also the center column of a spiral staircase.
A stringer cut to accept treads and risers, providing an even pattern. Riser cuts are usually mitered.
The angle of incline provided by the repetition of stair nosings.
A bird’s eye view. The layout as seen from above.
A mitered wrap of boards at the base of a column or post.
The measurement of a tread’s overhang beyond the riser or stringer.
The measurement in height from one tread to another.
The vertical, structural assembly piece of a staircase upon which the tread sits.
A molding under the stair tread projection and against the riser or stringer—frequently of cove molding.
An older name for a bull step or bull-nosed step.
The underside of a part of a building, as of an overhang or staircase.
Usually a stair, with a tight and consistent radius, ascending around a column though sometimes with a steep inside stringer. Staircases of greater diameter are generally referred to as circular.
The structural staircase member that supports the treads and risers.
The upper, horizontal part of a step.
A simplified version of a volute.
A spiral or scroll shaped form. Sometimes a volute is the terminus of a handrail, and is curved both in plan view and elevation—historically this was called a wreath or scroll.
An irregularly shaped tread, wider at one side than the other. Spiral stairs use a type of winder tread.