A New, Improved Seam Roll
Curved hardwood railing works even better than a dowel.
Anyone who has taken a class with me knows I like pressing seams over a seam roll. I’ve always been dissatisfied with store-bought versions: They are filled with packed sawdust and flatten out over time, in my experience.
I’ve taken to using a hardwood dowel to make my seam rolls. It is rigid, won’t compress over time, and can be made to any length. There’s one problem that purchased seam rolls and dowels have, however. They roll off the pressing table. This generally occurs at the time you need them most, and they tend to roll into an inconvenient place, also in my experience.
Recently, I was at a lumberyard with a friend who was renovating her apartment and was shopping for crown molding. As we were standing in front of the rack with all the molding samples, I spied a length of oak railing. Inspiration hit and I…
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