My next project will be a china cabinet (I hope!) and I'd like to make a
curved molding at the top. Is that possible without a shaper? I have a
molding cutter for the TS and a router table, but can't envision how a
molding about 4 inches wide with 3 or 4 contours could be fashioned in
my shop. Am I reaching for the stars on this one. I will post a
picture of china cabinet on ABPW.
Goddard and Townsend made it their life's work to try and achieve
this, and never succeeded. Imagine how the history of 18th century
American furniture would have been changed, if only such a thing had
been possible without modern power tools.
I saw a tall chest with a curved broken pediment in the DuPont
Winterthur museum. It was made in Philadelphia IIRC and was no Godard
or Townsend. It was made by scraping and there is a chatter mark to
(G&T would have dies before releasing such, I guess).
If you mean an edge molding that goes around curved corners, that
could still be done with a scratch stock.
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There is a tech tip in the current Fine Woodworking that might
help. It involves using skatboard wheels to keep a curved
piece centered on a router bit. Not exactly the same application
but I think it could be adapted with some imagination and
You can actually quite easily make curve mouldings with the equipment you
have. If it is an outside radius part you are trying to make just set up
your router table fence with a slight gap a little bigger than the moulding
bit you are using. Run the outside of the radius against the fence resting
both edges of the radius against the gap between the fence. Take small cuts
maybe 3/32 in passes if you are using hardwood. You can also start low with
your bit and raise it slightly with each pass. Inside radiuses are also
pretty easy. Clamp a small board to your router table that has been rounded
to approximatly the same radius as the bit you are profiling with. The
board will have to be notched at the bottom so it sits over the bit. Then
just run the inside part of the radius against the rounded part of the board
once again taking small passes. If your moulding is lets say 2" high just
make your 2 1/4" or a little more so you have wood on your moulding to run
against the rounded part of your clamped stop.
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