This is a short transcript of a lecture on moldings and trim that Janette, our architect, and I gave to the Spokane Preservation workshop.
Older homes often have unique moldings and trim. Stock moldings ‘off the shelf’ rarely match moldings produced 100-years ago. Not to mention that wood from old growth is often hard to find. You do not necessarily need the tools of a big shop to make some nice molding for your home. Much can be done with a table saw and a router that many weekend woodworkers have available in their garage.
Hanson Carlen often makes and designs our own moldings and trim; however, we have greatly improved our equipment from when my father and grandfather were in business.
My father, Dewey made many moldings using a table and a simple molding head. Much sanding and finish is needed with this method because the table saws have RPMs that are too slow. Routers combined with various homemade jigs can also produce some nicely handmade moldings. Shapers and small molding machines are a huge upgrade over table saws and routers but come with a higher price tag and actually take up floor space from your shop. Then there is the big equipment like this 6-head molder. Nice but at what price!
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