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Jameshow

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Just ask someone from the 1900c they will show you in a jiffy with a case full of moulding planes..... here we are pondering how it was done....Progress hey!

Hope you crack it.

Cheers James
 

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I think your approach of making the bottom in one sweep, possibly one piece right through if you have the timber (for strength) and the top as a capping is the best approach.

If you shape the capping as a rectangular section (straight and curved) you can use a router with bearing guided bits to get your profile. I would channel out the underside of the capping so it cloaked the joint with the bottom and use a gap-fill adhesive to plant it.

Good luck.
 

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Take the easy route and draw it in Fusion360 then chuck a big lump of wood in a 5 axis cnc. go get a cuppa and come back in half an hour, BINGO job done. lol
 

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I got to the "We inject polyurethane glue" bit, and gave up.....Good grief, what a palava!
 
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Well I tried to avoid this job but surprisingly they couldn't find anyone else to do it, I had a job cancelled this week so thought I might as well give the handrail a go.

As it was only short I thought it was easier to make it in one piece.

Mainly done with the router but a bit of spindle moulder work and I even actually have to hunt down my spoke shave at one point 😮


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I am never keen on jobs like this because one slip with the router or a bit of breakout and it's ruined. There was a lot of climb cuts going on with the router because of grain directions (which I obviously don't recommend).

At least fitting it is somebody else's problem :)
 

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