|Project by JayT||posted 02-09-2013 10:10 PM||1414 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
We remodeled the kitchen last year, but hadn’t yet gotten new baseboard and crown installed. There were several reasons, but one of the biggest was not being able to find anything commercially that went with the new cabinets—a simple, straight line style, kind of an enhanced Shaker. Finally, I just decided to make them myself rather than pay a custom shop.
I could have run them on the router table, but instead wanted to try making them with hand planes—my first attempt at doing something like that. The new cabinets were maple, but the 70 year old door and window mouldings are pine, so I decided to go with clear pine. Bought a bunch of 1×4’s, took them home and went to work. Jointed the edges straight with a #608 (pic 2), ran a 3/4 wide x 3/16 deep rabbet with a #78 (pic 3), then bevelled over the edges with a #3 to create a profile (pic 4) that would complement the cabinets and smoothed off everything with a #4. The base mouldings are 3-1/2 wide and the crown is the same profile, but ripped down to 1-1/2. I ran the profile on both sides of a 1×4, the ripped it down on the table saw after finishing with the planes. You can see the results in Pic 5 after staining and a couple coats of poly.
The staining was a bit of trial and error (you can see the tests in pic 3 on the board I am using as a straight edge to help guide the plane). Ended up having to alternate two different colors to get a shade that looked good with the cabinets as well as the existing pine casings (pic 6). Everything was installed today and my wife and I are very pleased with how it came out. I was amazed at how well corners and scarf joints lined up after all my novice hand plane work.
In the end it didn’t take much more time than using a router table and I enjoyed the process a lot more. I was also able to actually listen to the radio while working since I didn’t need to wear ear plugs.
Hope you enjoy.
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