Replacing An Acorn Roof Finial

By Robert Robillard on Finish Carpentry

This chunk of Spanish Cedar was used to duplicate the acorn finial’s base. The base has a cut out that allows it to sit on top of the hip roof ridge.

In order to duplicate the block we decided it was best to hand carve the 4 curves.

Lines duplicating the curves were carefully laid out.

 I used spoke shaves, shavers, and chisels to carve the curves.

 Later I fine tuned the curves with a belt sander.

 The piece below is the long tail that follows the finial base along the roof ridge. We had to make this out of two pieces in order to duplicate it.In the background you can see the white scroll skirting that will eventually tuck under this tail.The bottom portion was cut out to match the roof pitch.

1×5 Spanish Cedar boards fit under this tail to cover the scroll skirting.

We matched the profile well. The rounded portion seen on the right will be duplicated and fit over onto the new piece with a daddo fit and secured with polyurethane glue and hidden screws.
On the next post we will carve the bottom of the base to match the roof pitch, test fit the skirts, and add the rounded tail top and permanently assemble the tail assembly.
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