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Topic by sandhill posted 02-03-2010 09:40 PM 3993 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sandhill

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02-03-2010 09:40 PM

I am finishing up a book case floor to ceiling and it has 2 ea. 1/4 round shelves with a 11” radius that I would like to put cove molding around at the top of the book cases at the ceiling anyone have an idea on how to make the radius so it don’t look like a bunch of pieces joined together? top radius is 11” and from the top shelf to the ceiling is 3 1/4”

top radius is 11



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BillyJ

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02-03-2010 10:16 PM

They do make bendable molding – but it COSTS a lot of money. What is the size – 2 1/4” ? What about stacking your wood to that height, and cut the diameter. Then run a cove molding cutter on a router table?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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BillyJ

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02-03-2010 10:18 PM

Oops – just saw the height. Make that 3 1/4”. It would be the same principle. As I recall, you are going to paint it – correct? Should blend in then.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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Mike

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02-04-2010 12:44 AM

Make a 11” radius soak, your stock and bend it a little at a time.
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-- Mike, Tennessee, www.myproselect.com

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Mike

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02-04-2010 12:44 AM

Make a 11” radius soak, your stock and bend it a little at a time.
Click for a source

-- Mike, Tennessee, www.myproselect.com

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sandhill

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02-04-2010 08:05 AM

Thanks for the ideas guys. I have used the bendable molding your talking about and yes it is very, very expensive I think I paid $70.00 for 2 36” pieces of colonial trim for over a round top window. Basically its some kind of composition and its a little on the heavy side. I’m still at a loss, I may just go simple and lay in my own design that consists of 5 pieces, I came across a guy that gave me an idea but its kind of hard to explain. I saved the text so I will post it. I cant remember who it was but it was a guy on LJs. It seems like a wast of molding though because you have to use 2 X the molding and crown is a bit pricey.

My table saw blade is 1/8” thick, therefore, all the arch moldings were in multiples of 1/8”, i.e. 2 1/4’’ & 1 1/2”. For each arch and/or curved molding, it requires two (2) pieces. These two pieces were marked on their backs with either 1 or 2 stripes. I set the saw fence to the width of the molding. Then I moved the fence 1/8” closer the blade and cut 1/8” off molding #1. Then I moved the fence another 1/8”
Towards the blade and cut a 1/8” strip off molding #2. This corresponds to the first cut on molding #1. I repeated this process by: alternating moldings #1 & #2: moving the fence 1/8” towards the blade after each cut, until both moldings were reduced to a series of 1/8” strips. I reassembled the molding strips starting with the first cut on molding #2, then #1, #2,#1,#2…….......#1,#2,#1.
Before glue up, the strips were soaked in warm water, I didn’t want any breakage. I clamped them in their form to dry. After a major mistake, of gluing up too many strips at a time, I went to gluing no more than 4 strips at a time, brad nailing to prevent slippage, and wiping the glue squeeze out at this time.

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JAGWAH

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02-04-2010 04:24 PM

Or turn stock on the lathe. It doesn’t have to be solid, using some creative tecniques. I do this for crown and base in homes with radiused wall corners.

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sandhill

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02-04-2010 05:11 PM

Wish I had a Lathe but no room. I guess I don’t get what your talking about.

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sandhill

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02-21-2010 05:55 PM

Still no idea. I guess it will be just a flat piece of molding for a while I got the other 1/4 round shelf allmost done and starting on the last shelf.

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Mike

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02-22-2010 04:43 AM

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-- Mike, Tennessee, www.myproselect.com

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sandhill

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03-29-2010 05:47 AM

Well I came up with an idea. I think I will try to cut out a 1” board and run it on the router to fit the 1/4 round shelves.
I have posted the whole project on my web site. Sandhill wood works. I hope to give it a try after the last book case is installed in a few days

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