Curved moldings for Senior Center

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Project by Radiuswoodguy posted 1518 days ago 3856 views 6 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were brought in to make all of the curved parts – crown molding, panel molding, and curved S4S for the entertainment room at a local senior center. The first two pictures show the some of the curved crown in place, as well as some of the panels. Some of the panel moldings are compound curves (curved wall and curved top). The third picture shows the curved crowns in the shop, before the backs were cut. Pictures 4 & 5 show the forest of clamps required for the glue-up. The last picture shows what we started with. We had a little bit of this 8/4 poplar left when we were done.

All of the curved parts are cold laminated (Thank God Roo Super Glue comes in 55 gal drums!!!) on custom cut trusses (patterns). We make paper templates after the curves are framed, and then make the trusses to fit the template. There are NO true radii in either the room or the moldings. We make them to fit. Period!

Glue-up and cutting the profile is just like installing crown molding – everything is upside down and backwards.

Here is a video pamorama showing all nine of the curved crown blanks in the clamps.

This video shows one of the curved crowns going through the molder.

And finally, a video walk-around the room after they’re installed.

All of these moldings are stock profiles, matched exactly. Total time to produce the crown molding was 2 days—sometimes 2 people, with other jobs going while the glue was drying.

TroutGuy typed this up for me (and helped clamp them up, and helped resaw the stock, and helped guide them through the molder), ‘cause he’s a better typist.

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#1 posted 1518 days ago

Pretty amazing! I am still working on getting to that level of workmanship.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 1518 days ago

Just when I think you have impressed me beyond belief your next post tops the last, fantasticly wonderful

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1518 days ago

CLAMPS!! Yikes! You must have a forest’s worth of handscrew clamps in your shop!

Your work really does impress me.

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#4 posted 1518 days ago

Amazing finish work.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 1518 days ago

wow, I don’t think even Norm Abrahm has that many clamps… all I can say is OMG what a process…
Great work, the trim is exceptional…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 1518 days ago

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#7 posted 1518 days ago

Exactly how many clamps do you have?? holy cow

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 1518 days ago

one never has enough

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#9 posted 1518 days ago

Glad its you not me! Amazing work you did there:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1518 days ago

What kinda molder is that?

-- I cut it three times and its still to short?

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#11 posted 1518 days ago

“we made it it” outperforms in regard to tight and changing radius, head size is critical for the issue of hit back. We run very deep and wide profiles “U S Concept is great stuff”

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#12 posted 1518 days ago

Yes, that IS a bunch of clamps. I know. I helped put them on….and on….and on. :) Somewhere in the neighborhood of 450 on this glue-up. And we didn’t use all he has!

It really was cool to see just how this is done – start to finish.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#13 posted 1518 days ago

Next time my wife says I have too many clamps I will have to show her these pictures. Very impressive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1517 days ago

WOW never seen that many clamps! Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 1517 days ago


-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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