Bending skirting boards

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Jimbo, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Active Member

    Evening all

    I'm having a room plastered with a bay window. The bay is boarded in sections. The plasterer has suggested smoothing it off, creating a broadly curved bay, but...,

    How do I bend a skirting board around it once complete??

    Many thanks
  2. blueassedfly!

    blueassedfly! New Member

    kerf cutting the back, 3/4 depth of the timber, cut every 3/4 inch this will allow you to ease the timber into the bay!
  3. supachip

    supachip New Member

    Or go to b&q all there timber will fit your bay perfectly
  4. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Of course kerf-cutting the back will usually render the skirting usightly in some way(either cuts showing or if not, then irregular, uncircular bending.

    Question is, what profile skirting is needed, height, thickness, finish(painted/stained), full length required ?

    Can you use a router ?

    Mr. HandyAndy - Really
  5. evo nut

    evo nut New Member

    depends how much we are talkig but if you use mdf skirting it might b able to bend it round

    evo nut
  6. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    2 layers of bendy MDF cut to size, or cut a profile and get your plasterer to form it in plaster!
  7. multijack

    multijack Member

    Steam steam steam and more steam. Big steel tube over a bonfire full of.....

    STEAM. :)
  8. Jimbo

    Jimbo Active Member

    Thanks all for the input.

    Bay is five pannels of about 400mm each so total skirting length will be about 2m.

    It's quite a deep bay though, sticking out about 600mm.

    The skirtings are 'lambs tongue' I think (shape per link below) and they'll be white glossed, so not too fussed whether MDF or solid.

  9. Mof

    Mof Guest

    You will have to put the saw cuts in the front unfortunatly, if you put them in the back the skirting will snap as you try to bend it, thin cuts close together if it is a tight bend, wider apart for a gentler curve.
  10. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    OK. Can you attempt this ?

    Buy a sheet(or part sheet) of 6mm mdf. cut 3 strips off(the height of you skirting).

    The idea is, you will be able to bend the 6mm and glue/pin it to the bay. Your plasterer might have decided on a thickness of plaster he will be adding, so work to that(you may need to pack out the walls to make the thickness and arc correct). If your total length(as you say) is less than the length of the mdf strips, it is good, as you can first place the first strip into your arc, and when in perfect place, use a rough batten across the top of the strip OUTSIDE the arc on your excess length, to tack to the first strip and keep it in shape. now apply glue to that and push in your second piece, and when happy, tack that too. Sam with the third piece.

    You can now mark the external mitres needed(remember they most porobably WON'T be 90°), remove the whole lot when glue is dry(batten still attached to keep it's shape),rout your profile, sand, cut mitres last of all(because at this point you have to remove batten)replace, and fix.
    Final sand up, done.

    Think you could do that ?

    Sounds more 'long-winded' than it is really.

    I might just say, this is NOT the only way to do it, and others may suggest something easier.

    Mr. HandyAndy - Really
  11. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Should just add, that it might be easier for the plasterer to plaster to your arced skirting, than you to fit the skirting to hisattempt at a plastered arc, that's why I suggested making it up first.


    Mr. HandyAndy - Really
  12. fin86

    fin86 New Member

    if the curve isn't to round try bendind the skirting round as far as it will go leave it for a couple of days then push it in further until it is right. if not use thin strips of mdf if your painting it once its painted it will look the same as normal skirting

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