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#1 posted 12-10-2016 05:34 PM

Yes, it would be wasteful but Plywood (maybe double-glued, so two sheets) would probably do the job if you had to. You could also do bent lamination, basically thin strips (thin enough to flex) glued on top one another until you have a thick, strong board. It would take some time but it’s a way of bending without using steam.

Otherwise, the best I can think up is a bunch of scarf joints or similar.

Or another thought—make the arch out of some other material. Then just tack the roof on top of that and only the chickens will know your secret. For instance, I’ve seen hoop greenhouses from bent PVC pipe.

I wonder how homebuilders might approach a curved roof, or any curved shape. I’m sure they are not interested in putting together a hundred scarf joints.

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