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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone out there know what bits are used to make a top to a window header. A roman ogee seems to look similar but the radius is not quite the fit. The molding is about 2"wide with a cove on the bottom and the top is flat or squared. I'm trying to replicate a molding from the homes in New England dating back to 1920's. any suggestions would be welcomed.Thanks
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Welcome to the forum.

Those old windows may have been made on a custom profile shaper cutter.

You may have to source a custom router cutter or use a combination of bits.

PS. could you please edit your profile to let us know what experience you have and what tools you have at your disposal.

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Could you take a photo of existing cornice for us to see?

It sounds like a wire-pin profile gauge would allow you to lay out the radii and other profile elements on paper then measure and decide what bits, molding heads, etc. to use.

Keep us posted.
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Trying to match it exactly will most likely require getting a special bit made but coming very close shouldn't be that much of a problem. If you don't already have one then get a catalog from a router bit company and study the profiles. I like MLCS for a number of reasons and was able to almost perfectly duplicate some molding from and 1831 house.
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just edited my profile thanks
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I have the photo but I have notyet found a way to post. When I find how to post a pic I will thanks
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Thanks for the update, Linda.

I see that you have a "molder/planer".. Are you able to get a profile cutter made for the molder?

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yes I bought a knife with gibs and weights from Belsaw for the door and window side moldings. It was not cheap $150.00 or so for one knife. If I have to go that route again than I guess I'll have to, but would rather see if I can use router bits to make the profile for the header. I have a few bits, a cove,ogee, round over and a straight bit. My only problem is that I'm not familiar with the radius sizes. The ogee that I own seems to be too small it's a 1/4 R. I need some thing bigger/ longer in size.
One more thing how does one post pictures in the thread?
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[quote=mamalee;305219One more thing how does one post pictures in the thread?[/quote]

Is the picture on your hard drive, or on a web sharing site?

http://www.routerforums.com/faq.php?..._how_to_attach

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Here are the pictures of the cornice for a window header I'm trying to duplicate. Thanks for all you help
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