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Old 02-08-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Elliptical Arches


Here is a link to a thread I did on elliptical arches:

http://www.contractortalk.com/f13/cu...corners-71544/

I'm sure pro drywall folks have different ways of doing some of this, but I thought you might like to see how this carpenter approached it.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:43 AM   #2
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Bass, Nice work but you could have used metal lath and saved yourself some time and materials. for a plaster job that arch would have been filled with portland then float with plaster. I'll see if I can find some pictures of some big arches I've done.

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Excellent craftsmanship, to say the least. However, a bit time consuming and profit eating ? Arches can be framed with flex track and rocked. Or as previous post mentioned, lath and plaster.
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Thanks guys,

See, I knew the real plaster guys would have a different way to do it.

Sometimes I do things the hard way... or at least it looks harder, but then again, I'm set up for carpentry--rather than plaster work--so to me your method might look hard, while mine looks easy to me.

This job has arches all over, but I've been doing a room at a time to get the family back into some of the rooms (did office, then mudroom, then utility room, then laundry, now bathroom and next is a hallway). Now that is more work than doing it all at once, but they are glad to be back in the office and be back doing laundry, etc. while I finish the rest. Pros and cons to every approach I guess.

Anyway, another reason for the way I framed the arches is that the last pair of arches are flanking a pocket door. My solid framing should hold up well for the pocket. I'll add pics of that next week.

I sometimes have a difficult time getting real plaster supplies here, so drywall and joint compound are used when something else might be better or more authentic.

Thanks for checking in on this.

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experiment with metal framing. it's light, flexible and cheap. A guy with your skills will have no problems with it. However, if your system is working for you, and you're comfortable, it's profitable etc...stick to it.
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experiment with metal framing. it's light, flexible and cheap. A guy with your skills will have no problems with it. However, if your system is working for you, and you're comfortable, it's profitable etc...stick to it.
I don't think anyone here stocks flex track... could probably be ordered in though. I bid it high enough to make money on it, and it worked, so all's good.

I used to work in a steel frame fabrication shop (Rolled Steel Inc.), but I do like working with wood.

I figured you guys would have other methods... I just make this stuff up as I go.

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I don't think anyone here stocks flex track... could probably be ordered in though. I bid it high enough to make money on it, and it worked, so all's good.

I used to work in a steel frame fabrication shop (Rolled Steel Inc.), but I do like working with wood.

I figured you guys would have other methods... I just make this stuff up as I go.

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