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Making curved moldings on the Woodmaster 718

Blog entry by GaryL posted 07-21-2012 02:00 AM 8515 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve have been working on a clients home that has entailed several different projects/phases. One of the things being done is upgrading most if not all of the trim through out this 7300 sq. ft. home.
Next is doing the front entry and hall. There are two archways, one arched bi-fold (both sides), and an arched front door. Seven arches total with three different radius’s.

First I made some paper templates from the openings and then transfered this to the material, in this case paint grade poplar.

Next was doing a rough cut on the band saw

Then fine tuning the radius with the router on a long trammel with a 1/2” spiral bit

Now I made some guides for the Woodmaster out of 1/4” UltraPly (MDF) with a 1/2” pattern bit using the molding blank itself for the pattern.

Clamp the guides in the molder and set up the molding knife to line up correctly and we’re ready to run and make some serious wood chips. This molding knife was custom made to match a stock molding from my trim supplier.

And as simple as that..lol….there it is…ready to prime. I’ll try to get some install pics or least the after shots.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes



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posted 07-21-2012 04:53 AM

That is outstanding. Thanks for the walk through. Did you figure that technique out yourself? That’s a lot of knowhow in action.

Something simple you have there is your router jig. I was getting ready to make one so I can do a better job on the lazy susan I built for my kitchen table. If you ever have a chance could you snap a few shots of it top and bottom?

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-21-2012 01:36 PM

I followed Gary Striegler’s technique on his WM series on youtube. I had the general idea on how to do it but his videos helped out alot.
I’ll try to get some picks of the trammel and post them. I leave that router base attached to it so it’s ready to go whenever I need a perfect circle.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 07-23-2012 09:24 AM

Thanks for the post Gary. You’ve given me the confidence to attempt it now. I watched Strieger’s video. When I was at the manufacturer in KC, they had the HDPE guides set up on a machine. For whatever reason, it looked daunting at the time. You made it look so simple.

So you pulled out your Festool for the bread-n-butter; I’m jealous.

I see your new addition – the cyclone. Jet?

On a side note, I guess we both need a warehouse! It seems there is never enough space. (I like your old tool section – I need to pick up an block plane for my collection)

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-23-2012 11:36 AM

The cyclone is a Super Dust Deputy with the Jet collector frankensteined onto it. Tried to get it as compacted as possible with a little custom fab work.
This goes along with your warehouse thought…not enough space.
The tools are my Grandfather’s. I never knew him as he passed when I was 2. These were our go to tools when we were kids for “building things”. At that time it was make do with what you had with any scrap piece of wood and any nail that I could straighten out.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 08-01-2012 04:39 AM

Gary – you do know that is some awesome curved trim work you have done! the step by step pictures are pretty darn spectacular too.

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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posted 08-01-2012 11:30 PM

Thanks J. It really was not that difficult, just have to go through the steps.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 12-31-2013 07:44 PM

I posted the finished pics over at LJ’s so I figured I might as well get them here too since the site has been cleaned up.

Better late than never. The finished install.
The installation was held up as the homeowner had me do other things first while she was deciding what to do with the flooring. It ended up staying the same and the new trim was cut to the existing floor.

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