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Basically I want redo the stairway that leads to my underground area. The way this is set up now is just block after block going down. Going upwards is a pain because you have to jump.

Now my underground area is at bedrock, and my 'living' area it at lever 50, so that is quite a distance.

I want to make the stairway shorter also, so I was thinking about kind of a spiral stairway. I have been trying this, but I can not seem to figure this out correctly. I keep bumping my head or I have to leave a gap in the middle, which when you fall off you die.

Does anyone have a good design for this ?

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Here's my 7x7 spiral starcase design (9x9 if you include the outer walls).

Overhead view:

W = outer wall
1, 2, 3, 4 are landings
S = stairs
(space) = open - mine it out or don't at your preference.
X = floorblocks in horizontal views.

WWWWWWWWW
W11SSS22W
W11SSS22W
WSS   SSW
WSS   SSW
WSS   SSW
W44SSS33W
W44SSS33W
WWWWWWWWW

Start with a 2x2x2 landing. Dig a 2x2 tunnel forward 5 squares (landing is now 2x7x2). Remove floor 2x5x1, then floor 2x4x1 then floor 2x3x1. Notice the lower landing is 2x3 before stairs are added.

Here's a side view before stairs are added.

WXXXXXXXW
W       W
W       W
W11     W
W  X    W
W   X   W
W    X22W

Now with stairs added, the lower landing is 2x2

WXXXXXXXW
W       W
W       W
W11S    W
W  XS   W
W   XS  W
W    X22W

Turn 90 degrees and repeat until bedrock.

In my version, I place torches on the floor in corners, I mine the 8 squares around the center, but leave a single block central pillar in the middle from top to bottom.

In the original version, I started at two opposite corners and made a double spiral staircase. While this does find all the minerals, it's a lot of extra work. I had hoped in the future to improve the design to allow a waterslide down one, and a minecart ride up the other.

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I think in game pictures would go further than ASCII here... –  Pureferret Oct 27 '12 at 2:39
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@Pureferret well, I play on xbox, so that's not happening. –  David B Oct 27 '12 at 4:03
    
I feel your pain, but there are options ....BOOM SCREENSHOT –  Pureferret Oct 27 '12 at 10:31

If you use a central column and alternating half blocks and full blocks you'll end up with a spiral staircase you can walk up and down comfortably and one you won't be able to fall off.

As you need a three high space to avoid banging you head you will need to have five blocks on each side of the square going up:

H F H F H
F C C C F
H C C C H
F C C C F
H F H F H

(bad plan view)

        HH
      FF
    HHFF
  FF
HHFF 

(bad side view)

If you make it two block wide it will be easier to climb and descend and you might be able to make the central column look like this:

  C
C C C
  C
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What is the advantage of half blocks over stair blocks? –  Koviko Jun 17 '12 at 15:22
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@Koviko - you can run up stairs made with alternating half and full blocks. –  ChrisF Jun 17 '12 at 20:11
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I've been thinking about this... don't the extra squares to travel offset the increased speed of movement? You'll take 120 squares to ascend 60 levels. A straight staircase would take 60 squares to ascend 60 levels. My spiral solution takes ~80 squares to ascend 60 levels. The sprint speed increase is only 30% –  David B Jun 20 '12 at 14:43
    
@DavidB - I wasn't really concerned with the speed or number of blocks - just the safety aspect. –  ChrisF Jun 20 '12 at 14:45
    
Do you have screenshots? –  Pureferret Oct 27 '12 at 10:31

What you could do is craft 50 ladders, and then dig a new hole straight down to your underground level, after you destroy about three blocks down, make sure to look up and place the ladder above you so you do not get too far to place the ladder, and get stuck in the hole.

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Use stairs in a 3x3 pattern with a central column:

Screenshot of stairs

As you can see you will need to make it at least 4 high else you wont be able to get up or down the staircase (you will keep hitting your head on the ceiling). Also make the corner stairs point towards you when you are going up (as in the screenshot)

I've never had any problems running up stairs in this design.

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I use ladders for this. For safety, I don't leave lots of open space around the ladder except when I create a new floor level.

Digging the ladder shaft safely is easy. Pick a side (a block to the right or to the left of your target shaft location) that you want your torches to light the shaft. Stand there. Face your target shaft location. Dig down three blocks. As long as you didn't dig into a cavern or lava, then place ladders, fall down shaft, and finish placing ladders. Now face where you want the torch. Dig it out, and put in the torch. If you dig it out and lava shows up, you can place a block back to stop it, or run up the ladders you just placed. Now dig out the block above your torch. Now you are ready to repeat your dig pattern by standing on your torch and digging 3 more blocks down in your ladder shaft.

This creates a ladder shaft straight down, with torches on one side of the ladder, every 3 blocks. When you want to create a floor, just go stand on the torch which you want to be the "floor" of the new level, and start digging everything but the ladder out. You will probably want more than 2 blocks high at that level, so go ahead and dig out the block above your floor's torch as well.

Ladders are fairly quick to go up and down. The only thing better is a minecart ride, but those take a long time to make and a lot of iron to craft. Ladder shafts are easy to make, and only take wood, which is in infinite supply and easy to farm.

Staircases can be fun and cool to make and decorate, but for day to day travel, ladder shafts are less bother to create and quicker than any stairs to travel.

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