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.
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.
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.
Here is a shot of the test piece of moulding I made.
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.
I took a three foot section of the baseboard and sprayed lacquer on most of the left hand side.
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,
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