Front of stair tread always a bullnose? Other tips?

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Old 05-16-13, 03:13 PM
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Front of stair tread always a bullnose? Other tips?

Is the front and return edges of a stair tread always a bullnose? We are building the treads ourselves from S3 lumber and can make them any way we choose. Is there a reason for the bullnose?

We've done lots of research, but any other tips that might be helpful? We're going from carpet to hardwood with rail. We're not doing the railing ourselves. Just the treads, but one contracter was concerned about the distance to wrap the rail around. Said he needed at least 6" to turn the corner 180 degrees and drop it down rapidly.

See the after (first pic) and before (second pic) mockup. Both are an approximation and miss some detail.
 
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Old 05-16-13, 03:35 PM
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Bullnose for two reasons. One-is that it will be easier on the feet not having a sharp edge if you walk around in bare feet or with socks only. Two - a hard edge will tend to dent after use. Would hate to see all the hard work look like garbage after a short time in use.
 
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Ok. Those reasons make sense. Is there a reason you shouldn't do a roundover on top with something more decorative on the bottom half?
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Old 05-16-13, 05:56 PM
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If you have the time and tooling to do the decoration on the bottom of the bullnose, you can do it. Bear in mind, treads are 1" thick and not your typical 1x lumber which is only 3/4".
 
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Ok. Thanks. Not sure if we will, but wanted to ask. We are getting 5/4 and planing it as needed. Since it's s3, it shouldn't need too much.
 
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