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Posted on Anyone Producing Custom Millwork with a Williams & Hussey Molder?

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 01:53 PM

Been doing some moulding lately and got some more thoughts. The boss said designers tend not to have their own “style” but rather copy old profiles. He said most seem to be straight out of [insert name here] catalog. Can’t remember the name, but, it’s some famous company/catalog that has all the old colonial and euro profiles.

We’re currently working with a client that is being a real pita about the profiles. Cutting your own knives may not be such a bad idea. The company we get knives from is good but they make whatever we send them….meaning we should be very precise in what we ask for. And we have’nt really done that.

In the past year, I’ve taught myself to run our moulder. Wouldn’t have minded abit if I could have gone to at least a seminar or something. The tech we could’ve called in would’ve cost several thousand dollars for only a day or two.

Now, it’s not that I’m blowing my own horn…but, I’m real smart when it comes to how machines operate. But, this moulder has 5 heads with two adjustments each that all have to work together….well…it could take even me a reeeaal long time to figure out all the subtle nuances of it.

I kinda set myself a record the other day when we had an emergency. I had to run 50’ more of some crown. It took me about 30 mins., got it “there” in two samples of poplar, tweeked it for the third and got it. Then the other day we were running samples for some engineered flooring that took all of two of us about 4-5 hours ‘cause there were little bugaboos that we just couldn’t get out.

I just realized how much there is to it, how much there is to know and to learn. All I can say at this point is, prepare yourself…it can be done…but, it may require a real commitment on your part. I think it depends on whether you go more “standard” with smaller runs and a less expensive set-up, or go whole hog. (maybe I shoulda just taken that job as a greeter at walmart…life would be so much more simple.)

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