Long Road To The Harbor City, Part VI: The Third Method How To Make Stair

How to Build some Amazing stairs

At the very beginning of this project I imaged that the Merchants house would be little bit elegant than the other houses. After all, if you are a prosperous Merchant you should show it to the others right? So the front stairs needed something special. I decided to make big stone stairs with arches and stuff. Let´s look at how I did it.

The stairs were built up from few different pieces. First I sketched the arches onto blue-foam piece. On top of this piece I also measured and cut the stairs.

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I also needed one arch which would attach the first piece to the house. I measured it and drew it onto the blue-foam as well. I made vertical cuts side by side into the foam where the archway would be and then used knife to push the pieces of to create the arch.

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I also dry fit the two pieces together to see the whole thing. I noticed that I needed to make a beginning of an arch to the smaller piece so that the pieces would fit together.

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I used the same arch forming technique to make the arches also on the first, bigger piece.

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Here is both pieces together with a miniature to check the scale.

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Notice here that I haven´t glued anything yet! Everything is dry fitted first!!

Now I grabbed my PVA glue and fixed the two parts together, permanently. After the glue was dried, I hid the joints and all the cut marks with filler and smoothed the whole thing with sandpaper.

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Then it was time to utilize the old-and-handy tile carving technique to form the arch tiles. So first I drew the tiles with ballpoint pen, then used a knife to make cuts along the lines and then retrace the cuts with pencil to widen the cuts little bit.

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The I added two slightly bigger stairs to the lower part of the stairs which curve to the merchants yard. I gave those the same treatment as all the other stairs (pva glue, filler, sandpaper, tiles).

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Now I pinned the stair structure to the base and glued the whole thing down.

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I thought that this would be the end of this project but it looked wrong somehow. I soon understood that the steps were too narrow and the gap between the house and the stairs looked bad.

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So let´s add some blue-foam. First I added two support pieces.

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Then I glued few foam pieces to widen all the steps, hid the joints with filler and smoothed it with sandpaper.

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Darn! There was still something that did not look right to my eyes. A moment of thought gave me an idea. I added small plastic squares on top of the stairs to resemble paving (I will paint these slabs later so that they resemble made marble). Now the project was finished!

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I will add more details to the stairs later.

I hope that you liked this article and as always, comments and question are welcome!!

Next up: Part VIII, First Round of Details.



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  1. Mugu said:

    Very nice! I’m jealous of the group that will get to use such great terrain! Just curious, did you have to buy the huge sheet of blue foam or did your local shop have smaller ones?

  2. JCooJCoo said:

    Hey, who put that “amazing stairs” on my article!?!?=)

    @Mugu. I bought two big sheets of bluefoam ´cos i use it alot. I have seen some webstores selling smaller sheets but the price has been a totally ripoff!

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