Most of my work incorporates mouldings. I love the rich detail they add. Often I need to make my own because the selection available for sale is so limited, especially in hardwood.
I buy my lumber in the rough, it is dried in a kiln,but not smoothed or surfaced.
To make this moulding I start by cutting the board into strips that are larger than the finished moulding.
In the next step I run the rough size lumber through a thickness planer which smooths the sides and brings it to exact size.
This is a moulding head with a cutter which goes into a shaper to actually cut the moulding profile into the wood.
Here the wood is fed through the shaper. I use a set of guides which are made for this particular moulding to hold the wood in the right position as it is cut in the shaper. A little thing like this makes the difference between making a nice clean moulding and making an expensive pile of kindling.
Here is the moulding next to the wood it is cut from, in this case the wood is Cherry.