I have a wall in my bedroom that is not 'square', ie there is quite a curve
in it. It's only about 2 foots worth of curve, but I'm wondering what to do
as I want to replace it after I lay a wood floor? What's the secret to
bending the skirting to fit?
2' in how many feet?
The standard ways of bending wood is:
1) steam it in a steamer.
2) cut vertical sawcuts/router cuts at intervals - distance apart
according to bend radius needed. These needn't go quite to the edge.
3) hold it for some time in approximately the right shape, using weights
4) make it up with thinner strips, glued together.
5) use plastic skirting that will bend more easily.
There are others!
Depends on the proportions of the skirting board!
You could just bend the moulded bit at the top, on a jig with some clamps,
and steaming if necessary. (rip it off the skirting first)
Then make the board part from say three thicknesses laminated together with
a good glue (Polyurethane if you know it and have worked with it before).
You can join the moulded part to the board part using dowels, and the same
The above assumes a skirting of substantial depth. The toy ones in modern
houses should goround a curve anyway.
And a bit of luck when bending wood!
Never done this before but............
Having stored old bits of wood outdoors leaning against a wall they all
eventually curve, so I would ....
Support the 2 ends on a couple of bricks to keep the wood off the ground,
then place a brick in the middle to cause it to bend, in damp conditions
itght do the trick although how long I dont know.
if piece of skirting quite short try the above while it is submerged in
Then again I am a cheapskate but I usually get there in the end.
Mine comes from boatbuilding practice!
Ripping the top off a moulded board and replacing the field part with a
laminated one, i have done before, admittedly never with a domestic
Trouble with leaving a board to the elements with weights on it is that you
dont have much control of the curve produced. But you can laminate a wide
board around some sort of jig, it doesnt need to be very clever, and then
spring the top moulding round the same jig.
The other way to curve a wide board is to have it a bit less than finished
thickness, saw kerf it, bend to required curvature, and the laminate a thin
piece on to the kerfed side. This locks the curvature and seals the kerfs.
Saw kerfing is easiest done with a radial arm saw, if you cant scrounge one
it is probably easier to laminate three or four thicknesses.
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