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Jig Helps Make Perfect Stairways
With the Step Doctor jig, each stair tread and riser you cut fits perfectly. Plus it’s simple to use and moderately priced.
Retired telephone worker George Ireson came up with the design 14 years ago to help a neighbor install hardwood stairs.
“It articulates up to about 3/8 in. on each corner,” Ireson explains, so pieces fit, even when the space isn’t perfectly square.
The front and 2 back pieces spread like wings and are held secure with wingnuts. Videos on the Step Doctor website show exactly how to set up the jig, mark the board, and place it on the table saw to cut correctly.
The basic model works for stairs up to 49 in. wide and sells for $90. The deluxe model has longer wings that extend to 61 in. and sells for $100. Shipping is additional.
Ireson also invented and sells the 3n1˛ to cut risers. The simple square is easier to read than a traditional square to mark step risers and roof rafter pitches. It sells for $50 including shipping.
Ireson notes he has a couple more projects he is working on, and welcomes inquiries from anyone interested in making and selling the Step Doctor and square tools.
“Engineers have told me the Step Doctor is so simple and so good. It’s a simple tool for complicated jobs,” Ireson says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Ireson, 336 Rollingwood Ct., Troutville, Va. 24175 (ph 540 529-1572; www.stepdoctor.com; sales@stepdoctor.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4