Any hints on how to curve a wooden baseboard easily? It's an eight-foot
piece that I want to end up curved through about 60 degrees of arc. I
started by trapping it between two walls, in about the right shape, for
this weekend of high humidity. I live in an apartment with no
opportunity to easily create a steam box. Would it help to get it wet
in the shower first, or to draw it momentarily over a pot of boiling water?
On Sep 14, 1:57 pm, Mr Downtown <"Mr Downtown"> wrote:
Without seeing it, I'd say you won't get 60 degs. of arc with a water
bath or a momentary steambath. If it's a three piece (baseboard with
separate molding on top, plus shoe), consider kerfing the back of the
baseboard, and then working to curve the shoe and top molding.
A steambox for the two smaller molding pieces is easier to build--2"
CPVC (do NOT use PVC: I've tried it and the pipe sags before the wood
bends) with some kind of support to keep the wood off the bottom). Put
a neck of some kind on to feed steam from a kettle on your kitchen
stove. Cap both ends, glue one end, but leave ONE cap loose. Have at
least two pieces of shoe and two of molding on hand. Go for it. I used
a car radiator hose into a T molding, with a short bit of aluminum
pipe right where the steam entered the hose--probably not essential.
You're leaving one end cap loose, and standing away from it while
applying heat and steam, just in case steam builds up too much. It's
extremely unlikely, but why take a chance. Also, I used an old photo
thermometer to check temps in the CPVC tube, though, in truth, I'm not
all sure if it did any good. It did ruin the thermometer.
I take it that baseboard = skirting board. MDF is much more flexible than
timber. If the profile is simple and it is to be painted just copy it in
_best_quality_ MDF (pref MR) and just bend it and fix it.
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