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One of the gentlemen at Church asked if I could help him find some moulding that was needed in one of the rooms. About 16 feet was missing on one wall, and 8 on another. Not a problem, I thought.....

The building was built in 1959, and I think the moulding was obsolete back then. I couldn't find anything close at any lumber yard, so I figured I was going to have to make it. It looked like all I needed was a quarter inch plunge round over, and I've got that bit...

Nope. The moulding was cut with a moulding head. The cross section was basically a piece of 1/2" half round set into a rabbet. I looked for 1/2" half round, and couldn't find it. One of the box stores had something close... but after I put it up against the finished project it looked too bad.

The end result was making the 1/2" half round on the edge of the 5/8" MDF boards that were to become the moulding. A handful of tweaks to get the edge right, and I was off making sawdust. The half round profile was not bad, but looked much better after sanding a little.

The Rabbet was cut on the table saw to minimize dust. The half round was glued and pin nailed with a 23 ga pinner into the rabbet. The pieces were primed, sanded and installed. Compared to the old moulding they look pretty close.
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Doug; that red stuff looks like some kind of casting compound? What did you use, or am I wrong about what it is?

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The red thing is an awesome contour gage that I picked up someplace a while back for pennies. It has wide 'sliders' instead of the metal pins on other contour gages. It is also tapered to get into tight areas, It makes copying profiles pretty easy.

They didn't put a maker's name on it... not smart. It even has magnets on one side, I don't know why.
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nice execution ..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I feel your pain kp91, a restoration project back in the early 00s, all the windows in the building were custom made, (originally a captain's house (c) mid 1700s). They had massive intricate sills of the like I've never seen before or since. I had 1 window to restore, age, weather and probable impact damage (from what and when no one knew). 200+ yrs of paint held most of it together. The 2 local cos with the ability to reproduce the profile wanted a horrible amount of money for the 5'+ long piece and they would keep the knife set. When I was done I had cut, lamm'd and glued something like 4 to 5 different moldings to flat stock. If you didn't look too close the 2 1/2"+ thick sill would pass the untrained eye. I believe the profile was one of a kind and either completed with multiple planes or single planes with multiple knives set into it. It was impossible to match the profiles or dimensions with current trim. A couple yrs later I bought my own planer/moulder.

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Is this the same gage you have?

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Horn-19064...=contour+gauge

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That is it! but if I paid more than $4 I would be surprised. The thing is awesome. I honestly can't remember where I bought it.

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That is it! but if I paid more than $4 I would be surprised. The thing is awesome. I honestly can't remember where I bought it.
I thought it might be, I saw it on amazon a while ago, and your pics looked like it.

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Looks like you could have used a beading bit
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Buy WoodRiver Plastic Profile Copy Gauge, Large 10" Width at Woodcraft.com

Wood craft sells 2 of those contour gauges, the length I have and this jumbo one. Exactly the same, just their packaging.

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