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Old 12-25-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Curved Transition Strip Tile To Hardwood? Is It Possible?


I'm a paint contractor, but am doing some tiling Honey Do's for my wife over Christmas. I'm tiling a floor that will transition into hardwood. I have a curved (semi-circle like) edge of the tile and need to know if there is any way to transition this to the hardwood floor (to be).

Can this be done or do I need to figure out how to make these straight lines w/o a curve?

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I'm a paint contractor, but am doing some tiling Honey Do's for my wife over Christmas. I'm tiling a floor that will transition into hardwood. I have a curved (semi-circle like) edge of the tile and need to know if there is any way to transition this to the hardwood floor (to be).

Can this be done or do I need to figure out how to make these straight lines w/o a curve?

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Yes, you can. Depending on how big of a curve it is, it can be easy or more involved.

is the curve simple or compound and go all over the place.

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Thank you Duburban. It is a simple curve. So, how do I do this? Can you direct me to any website for further insight?
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Are you using wood for the transition?
If so, that's a job for a band saw and a router or shaper---
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Schluter makes many flexible metal transitions--however you are stuck with the profiles they make--and the selection seldom works out for me.
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if your tight on tooling you can do it with a jigsaw, router, and sander.

i'll give you the rough idea. lay down a big piece of plywood that you can screw an "arm" to. this arm will screw into the plywood on one side and pivot on the screw to match the tile curve. adjust the pivot point until it fits. then transfer this to your wood 3/4 1x8,10,12 whatever fits the curve.

if those don't fit your looking at some gluing up to make the arch it fit.

if no single screw point will make the arm fit come at it from the other side.

start scribing a piece of plywood or scrap material until it fits whatever shape you have.

transfer this line to your new material, and move it back 3/4 or however wide you want the strip to be and strike it again.

meditate for an hour and try to cut the lines perfectly with a jigsaw. err on the side of too much and fine tune with a sander. now come at it with your router and rabbeting bit.

these are the concepts of the job, how you get it done is up to you

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My vote would be to make it out of wood. Like Mike said, a router and shaper would do the trick. You could also cut it out of solid stock using a jig saw. Just don't know what your curve looks like.
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Schluter makes many flexible metal transitions--however you are stuck with the profiles they make--and the selection seldom works out for me.
This sounds easy! i gotta see what they offer...
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Cut your header piece into 1/4"ish strips, and clamp/glue them to your from of the curve. I've used homemade-offset cam clamps screwed to the floor, and clamped the pieces straight to the curve. It cut out my time needed to build the form.

Or you could steam bend it, which is my preferred method.
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Schluter radius transitions if you don't mind metal.

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Another possibility is a bendable quarter round which i have used many times it is fast and looks good to
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Another option is Johnsonite Contour Edge Transition matching to tile, but I prefer Schluter trims.
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Just cut every piece exact. Make sure the elevation is perfect also. It will look great!
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I'm thinking a piece of garden hose with a slit down the middle, nailed down with a roofing nailer.

Swan makes some nice hose. I would go with the nice green color with the yellow stripe.
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roofin nailer?hack use a trim gun and some power grab
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I'm thinking a piece of garden hose with a slit down the middle, nailed down with a roofing nailer.

Swan makes some nice hose. I would go with the nice green color with the yellow stripe.
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This is what I use, this reducers are perfect for high traffic areas and are commonly used in Starbucks for transition between laminate and ceramic. I buy mine locally here in san leandro ,california ,. Here's a link to purchase online.

http://www.dssupplies.com/bendable-trims.html
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Why would you make curved tile? It really does not look good in my opinion.
It is possible to made the make a curved threshold but you have to have tools and skills otherwise you have to hire a pro that will charge you more then you have saved on the entire install.

The easies way, not the pretty, not the best is to cut the tile precisely in curve and then install carpet butt to the tile, good carpet guy will do pretty good job on it. Finding one is not easy and good one will charge extra for it.

Again curves are just expensive so unless you really need it it is best to avoid it.
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Hey Hawaii, I'm working in san francisco, on De haro st.. Just letting you know..
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When doing custome wood floors i like to take templete of area and take it wood working shop for that custome touch ,most home owners love it good luck, wentzwood scottsdale Arizona

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