Homemade chair rail

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Project by Homunculus posted 10-14-2014 07:44 PM 1178 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I needed more chair rail for a wood paneling project in our hallway (the next project of continuing renovations). Instead of buying it, I decided to see if I could make some. The wood is pine paneling from a partial wall that used to enclose the old refridgerator in the kitchen, before we renovated that room. I ripped it into I think 3/4”x 1 1/4” strips. I used a round nose bit first to carve out the round part just above the bottom hook (I used a quick ‘dado’ cut on the tablesaw to remove a lot of the material so I’d get a smoother result from the router). Then I cut a 45 degree on the tablesaw to create the large ‘wedge’, and then a smaller slightly steeper cut to create the bottom of the ‘hook’. Then I used a roundover bit to complete the top of the profile, and sanded to knock off the small strip that the roundover bit left. In the first picture you can see the white piece of trim is store bought, the left wooden piece is mine. I may shave down the bottom hook, I couldn’t cut it smaller on the tablesaw without it falling into the blade (I don’t have a 45 degree zero clearance insert, only one for 90’s. May have to make one).

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 11:51 PM

nice looking profile and very innovative mill work. We think a lot alike.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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