French Curve - Stair Tread Design And Construction
A French curve is an elliptical shaped design that could relate to a variety of different curves or circular forms. In other words, it's like a wacky circle that's been twisted and manipulated into a variety of curved shapes.
You can also purchase a French curve architectural
design template. These come in different shapes and sizes and are used
by architects and designers to draw a variety of different curves and
Every once in a while, you're going to run across a few stair treads that weren't created by an ellipse, oval or circle. It's going to be a shape that you can't relate to, but it's curved.
Whenever you run across something that looks like it's circular, but you can't make it out, just plan on calling it a French curve.
Most architects, stair builders and designers work with a recognizable geometric patterns, in order to make the construction of the stairway as easy as possible.
As long as I've been building stairs, I've never used a French curve.
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