I recently asked about a source for wood molding to attach to a round
table top. Rockler and Lowes were mentioned, Lowes being pointing
toward plastic stuff. Lowes has THIN wood moldings with textures and
some plastic stuff that is smooth. A clerk bent the wood piece into
about a 15" diameter but with the textured side inside the curve in
compression. Didn't think fast enough at the time to ask for the
piece to be flipped so texture would be in tension, to me a more
hazardous condition. Will probably get a piece to play with.
Wondering if slight moisturizing of the stock would help it relax and
not split along fiber lines when bent in tension. Thoughts welcomed!
My thought would be that unless you've got one really small table, you
should be fine. I suppose if you were really concerned, you could set up a
quick steam setup and steam bend the thing. But for something like a 42"
round table, I wouldn't expect the bending stresses to be out of line with a
After sending the second post I went back to Lowes for something else
and checked the trim again, this time bending it so the texture was in
tension. End use will be a small table about 19 1/2" diameter and the
test yesterday looks like it wont be a problem. Don't know how they
can make this in Australia and still sell it at the price they do.
Thanks all for the words and URL!
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Couple three years back, when TOH did that 'redo' on the place by the bay
in Mass., and spent probably $2.4 million, they showed some moulding pieces
they used for the coffered ceiling and rounded edges. What sticks in my
cluttered mind is that they had a supplier for these, and I'm thinking
Chicago? I bet it's still on their web site somewhere. Molded/cast from
something with latex, or hide glue, or something similar.
I'm also thinking that plaster was used for some of these, and that would
still work for painted applications. Except where my grandsons are, at
Good luck. Maybe Andy Dingley will jump in here, with an idea from his
This month's issue of "This Old House" magazine has an article about
building an arched doorway. I believe the flexible molding referenced
in that article is "FlexTrim". See:
A Google search for "flexible trim" turns up many other sources:
On Feb 24, 4:56 am, email@example.com wrote:
I have used the 'plastic' shoe molding from lowes and to get it around
the curve at the bottom of the steps I just heated it with a hair
dryer and it bent fine. Of course it would only work for a painted or
faux stained project.
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