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Posted by drhome on April 26th, 1999 06:21 PM
In reply to CROWN MOLDING/CHAIR RAIL by Beverly on April 25th, 1999 01:51 PM [Go to top of thread]

I hate to trip over Henry's domain, but here goes.
Placing molding on rounded walls is not a major problem, just take your time. It is accomplished by a method called kerfing. Begin by turning the wood over so the backside is facing you. Near the area that you wish to bend, begin making equally spaced lines (across the board, not along its length) for the length of the bend. You can start at 1/2" increments. Now set your saw (a table or radial saw makes quick work of this) to cut within 1/16" of the front of the molding (the thinnest part). Now begin ripping the wood on each of the markings. CAUTION!!! Kerfing weakens the board tremendously, so support the kerfed part carefully with your hands when picking it up. Since molding is quite expensive, I highly recommend that you practice on a board of near like dimensions. This way you can adjust the spacing of the cuts to achieve the proper radius for your rounded wall. When you nail the molding to the wall, make certain that you pilot drill and nail through a portion of the molding that you did not cut. The spacing and the width of the cuts determines how much bend you will get out of the board. If done properly you can make the wood form a circle. That's really all there is to it. have fun...........

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