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Barn siding for kitchen island



Hey guys, so we have this kitchen island to do for a client that calls for a tight curve. They want it to look like rustic siding. Im thiking an american walnut barn type siding. Im thinking we would buy this as t & g reclaimed lumber but whats some good ways to get these to make a curve. Take a look at this pic i snagged off a website. Its kind of like this curve here.

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1/18/15       #2: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
james mcgrew Member

The base looks segmented plank from the photo. at a 44" plus radius this will look cool. if you have to do say 18 or below you may have to plane down the non visible back and pray it will bend

1/18/15       #3: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

thanks james,,,, thats pretty much our first guess at doing it,,,, but always open for suggestions

1/19/15       #4: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

I can't tell if that photo is of a residential or a commercial location... Nice stairs, but the bar, eeek: I wouldn't be looking for inspiration there. At any rate, the T&G won't help you any with curved work.

1/19/15       #5: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

mark i have no idea where this place is or what it is,,, i only used it because it shows a 'curved island' that had some form of vertical planks going around it which is kind of what the client asked for. Maybe what i am seeing in this pic is not t & g , probably a 1/4" thick ready-made paneling. But it does have that t & g 'look' which is what the client is looking for. So like i mentioned before.........looking for suggestions here to get it done.

1/19/15       #6: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
james mcgrew Member

You may have to remove the tongue and bevel the edges back a bit lead a good 1/16 th +/- for expansion (if it is old enough it may not have too much need)

1/19/15       #7: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

What about running the boards on the table saw length wise and cutting relief cuts about 1/2" apart. Cuts should be about 2/3 depth of the wood thickness. This will allow the boards to slightly cup to the radius of the bar.

1/19/15       #8: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

thanks bob! that was one idea we were toying with. We are going to get a few boards and give that a test.

1/19/15       #9: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
Leo G

Resaw the boards and make veneer out of them. Then just put it on a kerfcore substrate and bend it.

1/20/15       #10: Barn siding for kitchen island ...

thanks leo, you know, we have all the kerfcore literature & brochures but have not tried the products yet,,, i did wonder though if i could somehow use kerfcore to make this easier. Thanks will look into this further.

1/20/15       #11: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
Leo G

I've used kerfcore on one job. It's heavy and hard to work with if you are just a single guy like myself. If you have help it'll be easy.

Having a CNC available to make the ribbing makes the job that much easier, but not necessary.

I would suggest doing a sample with the barnboard veneer. Probably slice it to 1/9" and widebelt it as thin as you can get it so it doesn't crack. Probably 1/32"-3/64".

It's much easier to use then bending plywood to get a flatter more stable surface

1/21/15       #12: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
rich c.

You could use matching shaper cutters, one concave, one convex. The boards will basically nest together like a roll top desk. They sell small router bits like this for strip canoes.

2/3/15       #13: Barn siding for kitchen island ...
Rick Mosher  Member


Sounds like a basic coopering job to me. Only you don't need a compound bend. Just cut the correct bevels (A full size mockup will make it easy to determine the angle) and put it together like a barrel.

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