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Old 11-30-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
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Wood End Caps

I have been seeing pictures of wood end caps people are doing. They look beautiful.

What thickness of wood has to be used?

How are people attaching the wood.. cement glue.......screws.... rivits HELP!!!!!!!!

We have been experimenting with veneer to work with the curves... NOT working to well.

What is the easiest way to work with the curves.

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Old 11-30-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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While we wait for a knowledgable reply to your questions, are you trying to do the end cap in 7 sections ?
Have you tried doing it in 13 sections ? I think it will reduce the complex curves
asked of any single piece. And it seems the paneled rigs are mostly the older 13 panel end caps. I think I've seen comments that these panels are almost flat (top-to-bottom).

I have seen a couple of installation threads using 1/8" Baltic Birch. The mill uses reject pieces to cover the pallet, and protect the paneling during shipping. My local specialty lumber store just gives these "cover pieces" away for free. I grabbed one to play around with, maybe make a pattern or two. But I have not yet messed around with it (still re-insulating, then electrical, then inner skins, then maybe paneling)
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:20 PM   #3
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I just started installing pieces and ended up with this.

I used 1/4" plywood and it bent into place pretty easily.

No glue at all, all screws. We put one piece next to the other rough cut, marked the edge with a pencil, cut, and then did the final fitting wit a good dual action sander with 80 grit paper.

It SEEMED intimidating before I got started, but it wasn't hard, and I am in no way a skilled carpenter.

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Looks like I can't continue to edit my initial post. But let me add, that I think I have seen references to installing the segments with an overlap like siding on a house or shingles on a roof, rather than the stringers-over-the-seams like J Morgan did. I have thought that this difference in heigh, between the edge on the skin and the edge on the lower plank (top to bottom), as well as using more narrow pieces, might mitigate the need for compound bends.

Please remember, all my comments are based on absolutely no personal experience.
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I have seen the lapping boards also, they look pretty nice, a different style that will be more appealing to some based on what their tastes are.

Although the sections appear to have compound bends, (they appear to have compound bends in person as well as in photos) this is 99% an optical illusion, the sections are near entirely only bent on a single plain.


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I like the contribution to the illusion that accents like the stringers provide, but also think the texture and "old school vibe" of lapping might be cool.

When I get my interior plan more fully developed in my mind, if I go with aluminum trim around the windows & doors, or counter tops, etc, I wanted to take a look at some aluminum extrusion 1/8 "J" channel that might capture the best of both approaches.
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