Fourteen of them, actually.
Early in the morning this past Saturday.
. . . in case you think I'm suddenly running a foundling home or have been invaded by the offspring of particularly fecund kinswomen, I'd better explain.
(And concerning this picture of the bottom tread nosing: No, it's not Perfectly Clean. But it's clean enough for the seven coats of shellac it's going to get. And it's a heckovuhlot cleaner and better than it was in July of 2007 when I removed the carpet and revealed what you see in this post. Scroll down five photos and blast your eyes with that!)
After the sanding was finished, I gave the stairs a quick vacuuming and a go-over with a tack cloth, then put the cardboard tread protectors back and at around 3:00 AM went to bed. No reno work to speak of accomplished over the weekend-- I had other things to do. But on today's agenda is cutting thin strips of wood to fill in the hinge and strike mortises in two of the stairhall doorways that used to have doors but now don't. The mortise routings were filled or covered up before, but not in a way that would take an natural finish.
Wish me luck at not slicing my fingers while I'm at it!