Running custom molding by hand

What do you do when you need to tie into a non-stock molding? Or a very short run of custom or carved molding?

You make it yourself of course!

Making a short run of custom molding is often faster, and definitely cheaper than having a custom knife  or bit fabricated. The next time you need a short run of molding I highly encourage giving this a try.

Below are some photos walking through the process of creating a short run of custom molding. This piece is an interesting bit of crown molding with a carved rope pattern and dentils. I think the ‘carved’ rope on the original was pressed in by machine, which is why I like my hand carved section even more than the original.

The process I followed:

  • Draw your profile on both ends of the piece
  • Rough in as much as you can via machine –  like the table saw to save yourself time and effort
  • Use hollows and rounds (wooden molding planes) to get the curves
  • Square up your rabbet for the dentil
  • Cut the dental on the table saw, align it where you want and affix it to the piece
  • Walk off your carved pattern using dividers and pencils
  • Carve out your rope pattern
  • Enjoy your finished work :-)
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