So I needed some molding for my pulpit project. There was a small piece missing so I knew I would have a to either find or make a small piece. I was going to tile the three wall faces, but then felt that the wood would be overshadowed. So instead I decided to laminate the faces with 1/4″ oak panels and trim them with a border and a center picture frame. This would mean I need a bit more molding than I originally anticipated.
Btw, the above picture is the piece after I stripped off all the finish!
So I went to Menards, which I have found has the most diverse molding selection. I wasn’t even being picky, but the molding today is entirely too “bubbly” to match this piece. I needed something that wasn’t so rounded. So, I went to Woodcraft, my forth home (1-my house,2-work,3-Lowes/Menards,4-Woodcraft) and with the help of a nice gentleman, I walked out with 3 router bits to make the profile myself.
I knew I couldn’t replicate the molding exactly because I didn’t have any stock that was the right size. Since I don’t have a table saw or planar to successfully cut my own, I bought 1/2″ x 3/4″ oak stock and played with the router bits until I got a profile I liked that fits with the style of the other molding on the piece. At first, I was going too fast and taking too much with each pass. It wasn’t looking good and I was worried. But after concluding that I would just need to do many many passes, things started looking up. So here it is, my first attempt at making my own molding using 2 router bits.