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The first step up a staircase that is typically a little larger than the rest is called a starter or starting step, because they "start" the run up the steps.. da!

They are made in a number of shapes and sizes depending on whether it needs to anchor a newel post or just wrap around a wall.

The most common wood starter step is a half-round step that we discussed earlier who's main claim in life is its importance in anchoring a newel post and spindles to support the end of a railing.

Quarter-round starter stair treads are a little less showy and more often at the bottom of a set of basement stairs where it needs to extent around the end of a wall.

As you can see by the picture of this birch stair tread below, both ends are rounded to allow the tread to wrap around the wall on each side. This would be considered a double quarter round starter step. Any time you need a finished end on BOTH ends you need to be particularly careful about getting the correct length as the wood cannot be trimmed on site without damaging the finished ends.

In the step below, each corner is cut in the shape of a quarter of a circle... thus it gets its name as a "quarter-round" starting step.

Our standard is a 6" radius but with new computer controlled equipment it is now possible for Lacasse Fine Wood Products to make any size curve you would like.

Birch Double Quarter-Round Starter Tread
Photo: Birch Double Quarter-Round Starter Step

Here's a general layout:

quarter round starting step

B = the overall length of the tread from one side to the other

C = the standardized depth of the tread. This is usually 10 1/4" or 11 1/4" , although often in this case the tread can be a little deeper than the rest... we will make whatever you need to fit the box underneath.

Radius: we have templates for a 6" radius (the most common) or a 12". But the 12" cuts off the corner almost to nothing, often exposing the box of the step underneath, so be careful to draw this out on a paper first and test it on your step to make sure this is really what you want.

These are the measurements that we need to make sure we cut a quarter round starter stair tread to match your existing step... then you can order a wood starting step wholesale direct from ourselves as the manufacturer!

We'd love to hear from you and help work through your hardwood stair renovation project so please fax over or email your list of requirements and the type of wood you would like to use and we'll get right back to you with pricing. We're small and do care that you get what you need!


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