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Wondering if anyone can help

me. I’ve laid down lam flooring and now want to bead it but in the passage way I have a curved skirting board as the attached pic. I’ve tried adding cuts to the rear of it and it keeps breaking. Any ideas welcome. 


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Steaming works well with softwood, not sure how well it’ll go with hardwood. I used to help my dad build wooden boats when I was a teenager. Amazing what you can do with a former, some tensioning device (e.g. string), a standard kettle and a bit of patience. I seem to remember we did it in stages i.e. steam and tension, leave to cool, repeat until you get what you want. If that little moulding is softwood, it shouldn’t be a problem. Oak may work but it’s a bit brittle. Use softwood for that bit and then stain? Otherwise (depending how much you want this) you could router the shape out of a bit of solid plank. A local carpenter could do it for you if you want.

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10 minutes ago, joe90 said:

Lots of scotia is MDF which will turn to pulp if steamed.

Joe is spot on. When you steam solid wood, you're trying to affect the fibres of the wood and how they interact with each other. MDF is essentially wood dust bound together with glue under incredibly high pressure - steaming it will not work in the same way that it would for solid wood. It's not impossible, but you need dry steam and a high degree of control of the temperature.


It very much depends on the quality and size of the scotia, and whether it has a "plastic" finish to it or it is a wood veneer, but one thing you might want to try is heating it with a heat gun as you are bending it. Adding heat can make MDF a little more pliable and allow the glue bonding to effectively separate and reform. You might just get away with it...

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