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Old 07-02-2010, 04:46 PM   #1561
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Yes, it's true that in that pic above things are OK. But it took mucho force to get things in line.

It seems that what has happened is that the spiral shape has been moving about ever since it was taken off the wall originally. No doubt this is because it has been laid out in a variety of different places - and each time it takes a new set. Maybe if I had been patient enough to leave it on the wall after glue-up for a week or so...

Another thing I wanted to do was to mount the rail offset away from the wall just a tad extra. This would provide a little extra room for the hand between the wall and the handrail.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:48 PM   #1562
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A pic from each end after things were screwed into place...
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It didn't require an exceptionally high IQ to figure out that all the pounding at the top end of the rail just might have caused some damage.

The dent was pretty noticeable to the point where I would definitely need to do something about it.

Two things were in my favour. One, the dent was very fresh. Two, cedar is a decidedly soft wood.

The immediate solution was to go fetch some boiling water (good excuse for coffee at the same time) and pour some on to the dent.

This has duly been done, and the wet rag is still in place as this is being typed. Let's hope it works.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:55 PM   #1564
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In theory, the hot water will expand the dented wood back out to its' original shape - or nearly so.

Then the wood will need to be dried and sanded with fine sandpaper.

I'll let you know how it ends up.
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Or, you could glue up some wood until it was large enough to make the circle from and then cut it out with a jigsaw.

I will make you a couple of mock-ups so you can see how it works.
My friend is doing this! I know you woodworkers are laughing at me, but this stuff is cool!! Please please.....give the mock ups. When you have time. I'll have to direct my good friend over here too! He is the most talented man! A good man who loves his family dearly. He is also a powerlineman. He not only walks on wood, he saws on wood!

He is doing this as a favor to me, I'm sure. I really don't think it was something he "wanted" to do! LOL!

Here is his pic and what he has to work with. No, my drawing....no me! Like I said, he is a good man!
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Tracy, your good friend has the right idea.

I just whipped up these pieces a minute ago before I saw your pic.

With this system, all the wood seems identical as you go around the rim. You can use 8 pieces for a more finished look as well, or even 12 pieces!
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My friend is doing this! I know you woodworkers are laughing at me, but this stuff is cool!! Please please.....give the mock ups. When you have time. I'll have to direct my good friend over here too! He is the most talented man! A good man who loves his family dearly. He is also a powerlineman. He not only walks on wood, he saws on wood!

He is doing this as a favor to me, I'm sure. I really don't think it was something he "wanted" to do! LOL!

Here is his pic and what he has to work with. No, my drawing....no me! Like I said, he is a good man!
If you can talk your friend into using 6 pieces (30 cuts at each end) or 8 pieces (22 1/2 cuts at each end, I think you both might be happier with the result.

His miter saw should have detents at both angles.
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...and now back to our originally scheduled broadcast...

The hot water doesn't take too long to work, and the dented cedar returns to its' original shape - or nearly so - in a matter of minutes.

Then I used a heat gun to remove the moisture from the wood. Once the varnish is smoking like mad (J/K) you can shut the heat off and let the wood cool. Actually, you only want to use just enough heat to dry the wood, no point in getting into any thrilling pyrotechnics at this point!

Then I used some 180 with a small sponge between it and the sanding block. This prevents sanding any facets into the wood. Comes out smooth like a baby's b......
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Voila! (We're supposed to be bilingual here...)
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:01 PM   #1570
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It seems that what has happened is that the spiral shape has been moving about ever since it was taken off the wall originally. No doubt this is because it has been laid out in a variety of different places - and each time it takes a new set.
....and don't forget the weather changed totally since you began the clamp-up. What's the relative humidity now compared to what it was a day or two ago?
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....and don't forget the weather changed totally since you began the clamp-up. What's the relative humidity now compared to what it was a day or two ago?
Good point. All the gluing up was done inside. The shaping and sanding was done outside. Then the varnishing was done inside and...

Fact is, I haven't even checked the humidity inside here at all.
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I just know what RH and atmospheric changes can do to wood floors, it'll tweak 'em by George.
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By the way! That whole area looks amazing. It must be what the inside of a tornado looks like!!!! Nice looking project.
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I just know what RH and atmospheric changes can do to wood floors, it'll tweak 'em by George.
Yes it will! I will have to check what it is here in the house out of curiosity now.
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By the way! That whole area looks amazing. It must be what the inside of a tornado looks like!!!! Nice looking project.
Well, that's because IT IS A TORNADO IN HERE!

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