had a client who needed a curved exterior, non functioning (not accessible) handrail. A blank was made by gluing up 3/4" resin boards in the shape of the curve. I then had to set up a curved fence for my shaper for both the outside and inside curve. I did small shallow passes (3 times each side) to get the side profiles. To get the top profile which could not be done with a table or band saw, I made a little jig for my trim router. The jig held a flat bottomed bit at the right angle and by moving it up the slope after each run I got the profile, again after three times each side. I like the overall end product.
Originally Posted by Treeoflifestairs.comView Post
Pretty cool. Does it just get painted at this point? Where is it going that its not functional or accessible? Did you entertain the thought of bending it instead of shaping it?
Its part of a second floor detail that can not be reached by anyone from inside. I do not have much experience with bending but I am actively learning about glue up lamination's of wood and steam bending. The client did not want wood for this project. The rail will be painted and probably never looked at up close again!!