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Old 03-17-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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I am covering my garage floor with plastic interlocking tiles. The job would be quite straightforward if I didn't have a curved wall. Any ideas on how to build a template which would match the curve so I can cut the 1' sq tiles to match the curved wall. I've attached a picture of the basement plans. As you will see the radius of the circle this curve forms would be quite large so most of the usual methods of transferring the curve would be challenging. An thoughts?
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Just thinking out loud here, but wouldn't you need to leave a small gap at the wall anyway for expansion? If so, use quarter round or another type molding to cover the gap and you wouldn't need to cut it that close since the edges would be covered anyway. Like i said, i'm just thinking out loud, i haven't used any type of that product so i am not much help.

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Scribe them using a compass is the easiest way. Each tile will have a curve at a different angle as you move around the room.
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Can you use a compass and scribe it to the wall?
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Yes that's what I am trying to figure out, what is the curve and where do I start. If I lay out the curved side on the driveway, then mark the curve on the tiles that might work, but can't figure out how to do that. It seems more reasonable to lay the tiles and when I come to the curved wall, cut the curve on the tile but there I would have to just eyeball it. Is there some way to make a template to mark the tiles?
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If the curve is part of a circle, you can easily cut the tiles with a router, using a straight edge carbide tipped bit. You lay out the tiles on a piece of plywood, then you install a nail at the appropriate radius (you need to measure the radius of your wall), then attach a stiff wire (I have used piano wire in the past, but you can use stranded electrical wire also) to the nail on one end and the router base on the other. By maintaining tension on the wire, your router will cut a perfect circle through the tiles. This works for most plastic, wood, and certain laminates, I doubt it would work with ceramic or stone.
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Thanks Daniel. How do I figure out the radius and then apply? If you look at the plans the center of the circle the curve forms is probably 5 or 6 feet beyond the far right wall. I am probably missing something here. Am I making this overly complicated?
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here is a video of a wall being scribed.

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Thanks joed,
The video is helpful. Obviously the application shown requires more detail than my project but it gave me some ideas. I am thinking when I come up to the curved wall within less than a full tile space I can trace the curve onto the tile I will cut. Now I have to figure out the best way to trace the curve and spacing. Lots of tile to cut!
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Make a template out of rosin paper or cardboard
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I would use cardboard for a template. Make it the same width as the tile The template should work or at least be close enough the whole way except at the apex. After the apex flip the cardboard around.
To make template measure from a square line to a curved wall every 2 inches the width of a tile and mark measurements template and connect the dots.
After you set the last full tile. Measure to the wall from both sides of tile and mark that on tile to be cut. Use template to connect your marks. If measurement is longer than tile leave your tape there and use measurement as your mark.
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Thanks All, project complete. it took me a better part of a day but it was worth it. Thanks for all your help.

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