Curved moldings for Senior Center

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Project by Radiuswoodguy posted 05-26-2010 04:45 AM 5859 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 05-26-2010 04:53 AM

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

--, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 05:03 AM

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


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#3 posted 05-26-2010 05:18 AM

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 05-26-2010 05:38 AM

Amazing finish work.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 05:41 AM

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 05-26-2010 06:01 AM

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#7 posted 05-26-2010 06:12 AM

Exactly how many clamps do you have?? holy cow

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

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#8 posted 05-26-2010 06:19 AM

one never has enough

-- Radiuswoodguy

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#9 posted 05-26-2010 06:28 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 05-26-2010 06:48 AM

What kinda molder is that?

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

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#11 posted 05-26-2010 06:58 AM

“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 05-26-2010 07:16 AM

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 05-26-2010 07:32 AM

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 05-26-2010 11:38 AM

WOW never seen that many clamps! Great work!

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

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#15 posted 05-26-2010 12:02 PM


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

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