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Making Your Own Molding And Trim In Your Woodworking Shop

Woodworking isn’t just about building chairs, tables, cabinets, and boxes. It’s such a diverse skill, and covers so many different areas. You can use your woodworking shop in order to bring character into the home as well, by designing your own molding and trim.

Especially with large jobs, molding can cost you an arm and a leg if you purchase it. There are so many ways that you can make your own trim using your router or shaper. These tips should help you to get some of your own ideas in mind.

I designed a molding for the ceiling of my living room. It looks great, especially once it was painted. And it was dirt cheap in comparison to any other molding, and easy to come up with. Here was how it turned out:


What I did was took 2 pieces of fir that were two inches wide and right at 3/4 thick. The fur stock came in 8 foot lengths, and was about 2 dollar per board. I ripped it in half to 1 inch wide and would put the 1 inch board on top of the 2 inch wide board, shooting it with a brad nailer. Sort of like 2 steps to a stair case. It made for an interesting look and was cheap. My whole living room ceiling trim may have ended up costing 10 dollars.

It looked better to me than cove molding and especially than quarter round. You just miter the cuts together and it made for a thicker, more striking look.

Cutting the molding with a router is another inexpensive and easy method of making decorative trim. Just take different bits to the stock. Some bits, such as a roundover bit can actually be raised a little higher than required putting a slight cut into the wood underneath the roundover. You just have to experiment with them, but you must be careful. Raising the bit higher than the intended purpose is dangerous, so do this at your own risk.

Here is a few examples of what I did real quick with the roundover bit. You can make baseboards with it:


Door Trim or window trim can be grooved with the router or shaper – here I did it on both sides of the wood stock in order to give it a fancier look:



And these were done with just a roundover bit. Imagine what you could do with a real decorative bit. All in all, it is just lower cost and you can make it more decorative if you design and cut your own trim.


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