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A fun and challenging project that I’ve been working on lately is a new elevated deck, which features the set of curved stairs that I'll describe in this article. Instead of framing the stairs with cut stringers, I built a series of tapered boxes out of incised pressure-treated hemlock, standard exterior framing lumber here on the West Coast. The boxes are all 6 feet long and taper 5 1/2 inches in width from one side to other. Stacked on top of each other, the boxes form the framework for the stair’s treads and risers. The following photographs describe the process.
Photos by Jason Russell
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Jason Russell’s creative thinking has brought to life a variety of innovative and award-winning outdoor living spaces. Jason is a master artist when it comes to heat modification of manmade deck board and railing products, and has adapted advanced technology and robotics into his builds. This has fueled his interest in drones, which he uses to capture a new perspective on his projects. Add to this his affliction for two-wheeled steel horses and you can understand Jason’s well-earned reputation as “The Rebel Carpenter”.
Jason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where – as Dr.Decks LLC – he’s been building custom decks for the past 25 years. Building on his success, he has developed a massive following on the social media app Instagram, becoming one of the popular site’s most-followed deck builders. Jason resides in Tacoma, WA with his wife Kiki and son Calvin.