We are remodeling our house and we bought an antique arched double door and I am building the arch trim (it is not a circle arch). I have a table saw with kerf blade and am planning on kerfing the some wood to create the jamb.

My question is, how do you finish the jamb? How do you hide the cuts? Seems like you would have to veneer surface? What about the sides where the reveal is?

Been searching the interwebs and all I can find is someone filling all the holes with wood filler, which seems like it would work but I didn't know if there was another way.

  • I've actually never run across a trimmed arch that had kerfed trim around here. All of the arches in this area were done with bent wood or by laying up veneer.
    – Comintern
    Sep 24, 2016 at 15:19
  • I'd apply veneer to the edge, in the same way that edge banding is used on sheet goods. Now, figuring out how to make the grain look nice is another question... Sep 24, 2016 at 16:44

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Generally kerfing would be used for the face board of the curved arch with the saw cuts facing toward the rough opening framing. There is a technique that can be used where you make a form for the curved piece with a couple of layers of 3/4" plywood and then glue and clamp a 1/8" layer of plywood to the web fingers of the kerf cuts to strengthen the piece a huge amount. This could look like this in process.

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The part of the face board not penetrated by the kerf cuts is the portion of the edge of the face board that can be the reveal by the edge of the trim.

The trim itself would not be bent into a curve using kerf cutting. Instead that would be made in a variety of ways. One way is to bend wood with a hot steam approach. Another as mentioned in comments is to glue together many layers of thin wood material. A simpler approach that is often used is to cut pieces of wood in segments and join end to end. These are made up wider than needed and then cut into a curve across the pieces similar to as shown below. It the trim wants to have a non-flat profile that can then be cut after the curve is cut using a shaper or router.

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The number of segments that you choose to use will depend upon the look you want to attain with the wood grain. If it is a painted application then you can use longer segments.

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