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Bending skirting around a bay window

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by kevin_robson, 23 Oct 2006.

  1. kevin_robson

    kevin_robson

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    We have a round (not hexagonal) bay window. I need to replace the skirting around the bottom of this, which has been bent around the bay somehow.

    How is this done, or is it special skirting specifically for this purpose?
    If it is bent does it have to be a certain thickness in order not to snap?

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    MDF skirting boards are bendable but if you need timber then cut loads of saw-cut at the back, not easy!

    I drill a hole at each ends and rope + knot it to the shape of the bay, make sure the skirting board is long enough
     
  3. kevin_robson

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    Sounds a neat trick with the rope.

    Will all skirting bend that far, or does some of it snap? I'd assumed it would just snap if I even tried to bend it, but admittedly I haven't as yet. I'm also assuming the thinner skirting the better, or does it have the opposite effect?

    I read some stuff on the web about using steam but that sounds like a right hassle.

    Finally, if I got someone in would any carpenter/joiner be able to do this, or is it a fairly specialised job?

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    You can get mdf skirting with kerf cuts already made, alternately you can make the kerf cuts with a circular saw pre set to about 2/3 the depth of the board. You need plenty of cuts, oh and it can still snap on you, which is a bit irritating to say the least.
     
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    eddie,have a look on page no3,there is a similar thread there.its tricky but it can be done.ive done my lounge and bedroom with this method.hope it helps.regards steve
     
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    sorry this is meant for keven .not eddie
     
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    or you can do it the traditional way with plaster.
     
  9. kevin_robson

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    Thanks All.
    I'll have a look a the various options suggested.
     
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