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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Route a curved wall base?

I have a curved wall in my house and want to make a wood base for it instead of the vinyl base that is on it now. If I make a curved board, how do I safely route the top to get a profile to match the other base in the house? Do you build a jig to hold the curved board and use a router in a table or try to do it by hand? The radius of the base need to be about 36".
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Merrill, Using a 40" length of wood rout your moulding to match the existing one and then steam bend it slightly further than needed. Clamp it to a form as explained in other threads on the forums until it dries. When the clamps are removed it will spring back a bit; then you can cut it to length.

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Or you can make a cardboard template, put it on your stock than take it to the band saw and cut it out and then run the bit on one edge and them cut it out and put it in place and tack in in place.

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You can also see if your profile is available in flex mold (used in radius trim).

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Put a lot of shallow relief cuts on the back before steaming to shape, this makes it a lot easier, with a bearing guided cutter you can rout the moulding after bending.

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