Made some baseboard, what do you think? (w/pic's)

Hello everyone,
You might recall me asking about historic trim a while back. I found a great book at Lee Valley that is a reprint of a 1920's mail order house catalogue. It has many trim samples in full scale, and I found just what I was looking for.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase1.jpg
I faxed a page from the book to Woodmaster Tools of Canada. They faxed me back a CAD drawing to sign off on. I had my knives in less than a week. They were great guys to deal with.
I made a sled for the moulder so that the stock tracked correctly.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase2.jpg
I was worried about getting all the knives set correctly, but it wasn't that hard. All the knives are the same height, so you bottom them out in the cutterhead for registration.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase3.jpg
Here is a shot of the test piece of moulding I made.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase4.jpg
I wanted the colour of the cherry moulding to match my Jatoba staircase and flooring. I applied a very diluted wash of Lye on the sample. The colour change is VERY quick. I neutralized the lye with a diluted wash of vinegar and then plain water.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase5.jpg
I took a three foot section of the baseboard and sprayed lacquer on most of the left hand side.
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/cbase6.jpg
I really like the look. I didn't even try to price out 7-1/2" custom cherry baseboard, but I expect it would be a bit more than the $3.00 a linear foot I have into this.
Thanks for looking,
David.
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Wow! Looks great. Once I saw the shot of your stairs I recalled your earlier posting.
That Cherry seems like a really beautiful color. What was the formula for the lye? Do you just buy some type of cleaner or drain cleaner or something?
It would be really great to see some mopre closeups of the cherry. I really like that look. It seems to hit the color I have been trying achieve with dying and oiling techniques.
BW
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I used Gillettes (sp?) Lye from TSC. I put one table spoon in a Mason Jar.

I am doing all the cabinets, doors and trim the same way, so there will be lots more pics to follow.
David
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David F. Eisan wrote:

like you need a shop or another area to do finishing. Shop to dusty? My wife has givin me tons of crap for bringing pieces into the house to work on. Specially doors. I built this great stainless steel Dinning Room Table that I love to work on top of, the only problem it's in the Dinning Room. hahaha
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Beautiful trim. What was the name of the book?
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