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Old 05-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Could use a little push - need to make a radius piece of casing


I have a bathroom with a tiled shower (or going to be) the approach has a radius (arched header) and I'd like to make casing to frame it out of white oak. I've made a steamer for a radius (much more narrow) transition/threshold separating the entryway tile from the reclaimed maple flooring. That worked out well... Can I simply bend much wider casing in like manner or will I have to piece it together by say a few shorter pieces and cutting them on their ends a some unknown angle? I'm willing to learn but I really have no clue how to do this. Can anyone advise or provide some ideas or clues? That would be fantastic! Thanks

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I know boat builders do a lot of steam bending and their rule of thumb is an hour for each inch. but on a bend across the width not the thickness, you are stretching the outer radius and compressing the inner much more than normal. I would see if there is a boat builder nearby to ask, or maybe they might do it for you. The other option is to make a form, rip the piece into narrow strips, steam them, and clamp them in the form gluing each strip as you go. The length will not have any joints to cut, but you need a lot of clamps to avoid gaps in the lamination.

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You are going to have to band saw that---bending isn't the method for that trim---
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Depending on the radius you may be able to cut from one board or you may have to piece it or like DW and Mike said laminate it. What ever you do you will have to seal the dickens out of that trim and with some good sealer, the steam and heat from that shower is going to reek havoc on that wood.
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Try this: http://flexibletrim.com/
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The other option is to make a form, rip the piece into narrow strips, steam them, and clamp them in the form gluing each strip as you go.
Nice... not this click around. However you provided me with something to solve a completely different riddle - THANKS!
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CrossWorks provided me with exactly what was needed for this application - especially after JiJU brought up a very important point. If nothing else wood in that area even if sealed real well (say WaterLox) will eventually need maintenance. So I'm gonna give a call tomorrow to this place > http://flexibletrim.com/.Ciao - and once again THANKS TO ALL

Ps. I'll follow-up once the install is completed :-)

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