I have a garage full of walnut and am going to be making some crown
molding for my kitchen and family room. I have a nice router table and
thought I would rip the walnut into 3-4" boards, then resaw to 1/2"
thickness before profiling them on the router. I also have a DW705 to
do the corner work. I have researched crown molding router bits and
have settled on a few bits my wife likes.
Coupla questions. Is 1/2" sufficient or do I need thicker on the
Anyone have any experience they can share, particularly with the router
bits (dos, don'ts, etc)?
I'd regard this as a Crime Against Timber, to use a router to make
mouldings in walnut.
Walnut is nice stuff and deserves to be made into an attractive shape.
That means a large scale moulding, with bigger curves on it than a mere
router cutter gives you. Find a huge router cutter (expensive and
tricky to swing), a spindle moulder or (my own favourite) an old wooden
On 21 Sep 2006 08:23:35 -0700, "Todd the wood junkie"
To answer your question, I'd stay with 1/2" - possibly 5/8
There really is not any benefit to going thicker and added thickness
will, add weight, make it less flexible, etc, etc.
I use a shaper for large profiles such as Crown. If you have time,
please let us know how things turn out with the Router. Will you be
making the seating angle cuts on the Table Saw?
In any event - Good Luck!
If you plan to paint it - use a different wood and send the walnut to me.
However, walnut machines very nice. I would/did cut the profile on the
router table before cutting it into thinner pieces. It makes it much easier
I also made the mounding up in three separate pieces and glued them together
Thanks for the help Dave. No way will I paint this. FYI, I have two
large piles of walnut. One 250bf pile is all heartwood, air-dried, 14"
crotch boards. No worries, that will be used for furniture (dining
room table, english bar, etc). The other 250bf pile is heart/sap
boards from the same tree, that I will use a part of for the moulding.
I will take the less desireable stuff, and dye the sap to match the
heart, so this project will be mostly about finishing.
Dave, I like your idea to machine before resawing, much safer. Do you
have any pictures of your work you could share?
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