I want to make cherry 3 1/2" crown moulding on my router table. However
all bits I can find have effective length of 2 1/4". Is there way I can
make that large moulding on router table, maybe using several bits? I
have 2 1/4 HP router mounted under the table.
Two bits is adequate,its selecting the right two bits thats the problem.
I suppose its trial and error till the bits look right as one molding.
I've actually tried this by routing a molding on one side of the wood then
turned the wood upside down and used a different molding to match the other
So what I had was a full bit molding and a half bit molding.
You can make molding any size. I made 10" molding, not in one piece,
but several glued-up layers. Make 2 or 3 templates so that when you
glue them up you can use these templates (or gauges) instead of
measuring. At the time of installation I installed a built-up layer
against the wall and another against the ceiling, then completed the
molding with a center piece. Of course, this method won't work well
if the molding is a large curvy transition.
It would appear that you are in luck. Freud has just announced
a matched set of bits that produce up to a 5 1/2" crown molding.
I think the set sells for under $100. Look for the announcement
in the current AWW or Wood magazine.
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