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Re: Strip: Ups, Downs, and Curve arounds

: Working on my second build (so I am far from experienced) and with
: this one I am cutting some stripes into the deck. The front deck
: is not peaked, it has a general roll to it which seems pretty
: manageable. However, my strips are curving, climbing, dropping,
: twisting, etc., and getting all these tightly fitted with no
: gaps is a bit of a challenge. My pattern has the stripe growing
: in size from a point at one end to about six inches on the
: other.

: I've started at the end of the stripe that is narrow and am working
: my way toward the wide end. Is it easier with cove/bead or flat
: strips? How concerned should I be with the little gaps? How much
: will they fill in when I sand it down? Do I just plan to tape
: and fill my gaps afterward or do I just need to slow way, way
: down and be as careful as I can about making sure everything
: looks perfect prior to sanding? Basically, what is the trick to
: getting good tight fits with all these strips?

: Thanks!
: Tyler

You've gotten some good advice already.
Another strategy you could consider on a future build is to strip the deck and then cut 'slots' for your decorative, curving strips.
I did this on one project and it worked well - I used the 'circular saw' adapter for the Dremel and a home-made cutting guide which rode against a guide strip stapled to the deck.
It's a lot faster than fitting each straight strip to the curve (on both sides). You do need to have good control of the slot width, keeping it uniform.

My 'easy way out' nowadays is to decide that a 'simpler aesthetic' (without curvy strips) is more appealing.
;-)

John