Routing for Perfect Tread Returns, Images 32-36

Glue on the Return, Install: To accommodate the expansion and contraction of the 111/4-inch-wide tread, I glue only the front 3 inches of the return and attach the rest of it with biscuits. I glue the biscuits in place in the tread only, and am careful to keep glue off the edge.

Glue on the Return, Install: After checking the fit, I apply glue to the first 3 inches of both the tread and the return, then clamp the joint together.

Glue on the Return, Install: I cut off the tail of the return 1 3/8 inches from the back edge of the tread, making the cut 90 degrees to the skirtboard, then bullnose the return.

Glue on the Return, Install: I sand the assembly smooth.

Glue on the Return, Install: The completed tread is stained, finished, and installed.

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