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Making curved moldings on the Woodmaster 718

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Blog entry by GaryL posted 07-21-2012 02:18 AM 5176 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve have been working on a clients home that has entailed several different projects/phases. One of the things being done is upgrading most if not all of the trim through out this 7300 sq. ft. home.
Next is doing the front entry and hall. There are two archways, one arched bi-fold (both sides), and an arched front door. Seven arches total with three different radii.

First I made some paper templates from the openings and then transfered this to the material, in this case paint grade poplar.

Next was doing a rough cut on the band saw

Then fine tuning the radius with the router on a long trammel with a 1/2” spiral bit

Now I made some guides for the Woodmaster out of 1/4” UltraPly (MDF) with a 1/2” pattern bit using the molding blank itself for the pattern.

Clamp the guides in the molder and set up the molding knife to line up correctly and we’re ready to run and make some serious wood chips. This molding knife was custom made to match a stock molding from my trim supplier.

And as simple as that..lol….there it is…ready to prime. I’ll try to get some install pics or least the after shots.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.



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SteveMI

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 03:08 AM

Big job Gary and it looks like you have the handle on it.

One question, people who have a Festool normally won’t soil themselves with a PC again, so whats up with the trammel routing? LOL

Steve.

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 05:42 AM

Gary,

Thanks for the tutorial on this. You turned a difficult job into a much easier, safer one.

I need to get my Woodmaster 718 up and running. (I bought it used and disassembled it to clean it and need to replace a couple parts.) I need to replace arched molding around a window above my entrance but I’m wondering if your method would work with my molding on the 718. It’s a half circle with only about a 52” diameter. Yours looks considerably larger than that (a more gentle curve). Could it work for me?

Thanks for posting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Roger

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 11:48 AM

Fantastic jig fabrication, and really awesome molding. Thnx for the how-to

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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GaryL

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 01:32 PM

Jonathan…I don’t know about the WM paying for itself but it’s nice to be able to use it now and then.

Steve…..The PC’s hide in the corner shuddering when the Festool comes out.

L/W…A 52” diameter is well within the range of a curve on the WM. Look on YouTube for Gary Striegler’s videos on the woodmaster. A wealth of info.

Roger…Thanks for looking

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 07-21-2012 05:16 PM

Thanks
Good lesson.
How many extra feet do you allow for when making these ? (Chips, splinters, etc.)
(I know why we could not get much work on our side of St.Claire river…..ALL the talent is on the WEST side) !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Kjuly

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 11:27 PM

Hello Gary,
Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the pictures of it installed.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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GaryL

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 06:22 PM

Jonathon…Your arches looks great. How much did they cost? I’ll ship the WM to ya as soon as I can get it to fit into that $4.95 flat rate box….

cc….I try to have an extra 6” on each end. There’s work over here?????.........

Keith…Nice to hear from you. Hope all is well.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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GaryL

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#8 posted 07-22-2012 06:47 PM

That’s about what I guessimated. I’m charging $100 for each.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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GaryL

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#9 posted 07-22-2012 06:57 PM

I’m running out of sawzall blades…..they don’t hold as well as they use to…lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 07-22-2012 08:50 PM

I moved to Alberta. Lots of work here,pay good too.
Across the river would have been cheaper ! OOPS NO green card.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Kjuly

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#11 posted 07-22-2012 10:14 PM

Hi Gary,
Other than the heat wave I am doing good.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 07:40 PM

Hey Gary, I had played with the idea of getting a WM. I would like to pull in some extra cash doing mill work but I hear its difficult to set up and the repeatability is difficult to achieve. How many passes do you have to make on a tipical molding such as whats in your photo and how about crown molding? Would it be better to just get a molder?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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GaryL

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 08:03 PM

Hey Bob…as for set up, the WM is fairly simple. I have the 700C molder head but it is limited to one knife. If I install the planer head I can run three matching knives. For any kind of production run three knives are a must. I have never ran this way yet because what I have made was small reproduction or custom set ups. With the one knife set up I usually do three passes. The one pass deal they show in the videos are pretty rough or you have to run it so slow it takes to long. To be honest, if I I were doing it again, I would look harder for a William Hussey. I don’t need the drum sander (have a 22-44OSC) and don’t need the planer (have Delta 15”), so the versatility of the WM is wasted with me. I’ve used the gang saw once. I may do that again but need to get a couple more blades.
P.S. I bought my used with a fair amount of knives. I’ve bought another dozen or so custom knives, approx. $35 an inch plus shipping.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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GaryL

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 08:45 PM

Better late than never. The finished install.
The installation was held up as the homeowner had me do other things first while she was deciding what to do with the flooring. It ended up staying the same and the new trim was cut to the existing floor.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#15 posted 10-07-2013 08:54 PM

This turned out well ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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