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    12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    Hey all,

    Anyone know where to get a longer than usual curtain rod?
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    Re: 12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    Pete - I see you are in Raleigh.
    This is never a popular answer around here, but if Capitol City Lumber does not carry them, I expect they can order it, presuming such a beast is available.
    Call there and ask for Alan - if they can get it he will know (not that others won't be able to help, but Alan is their specialist).
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    Re: 12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    Most closet rods 12' long will be 1 5/16"-1 3/4" d, not 2-3" d. Why in the world do you want a 12' long wooden rod?

    Here are some hardwood rods but the prices/foot are pretty high and not all species listed are in stock and are custom orders.

    https://www.bairdbrothers.com/Red-Oa...134-P4434.aspx

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    Re: 12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    Does it have to be one piece? If it could have connectors, you would be more likely to find suitable wood. You could always find a piece of wood the right thickness, rip off a piece and run it by a 1" round over bit in a shaper.

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    Re: 12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    A curtain rod that length will need supports along the length. Drill the ends of 4’ rods to accept a 3/4 dowel and glue up. Like for a tall bed post.
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    Re: 12' Dowel, or 12' Curtain Rod? 2-3" diameter

    While I enjoy working with wood, and the clothes rods in my closet are wood, really long rods work better in metal. It is stronger so the deflection is less for any load. But it could be an appearance thing. One way of getting a really long metal rod would be to use the top bar for a chain link fence. I think the sections are 10 feet and they interlock so you can make it any length you want - but you'd probably have to support the intersection. But it would require supports along the length too.

    There is a piece on the woodworking for engineers website where he makes a complicated curtain rod out of rectangular wood. He also makes curtain hooks that will slide along the length. Might be worth checking out if it really has to be wood but could be rectangular.

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