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Tim_456

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566 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question carving veneering traditional victorian

Hello fellow LJs! I’m trying to build something similar to what is in the picture (I have the blue arrows already built ;) however I don’t know how to make the fancy edging on the footrail (?) and on the corner posts. Is this something that’s carved from a single piece of wood (I hope not!)? Is it something steamed, bent, and glued on? I’m hoping its something I can purchase and glue on.

I have found web sites with the onlays but not the fancy edge detail that the arrows point to. Any help on how to proceed would be appreciated!
Thanks,
T.


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 566 days ago

A piece of this caliber doesn’t warrant any shortcuts. In the early furniture, these moldings were carved from a thick board probably after the joinery was done. Production style reproductions have gone to applied molding. So, first you have to make a choice.
To make molding that can be applied, you take a second board cut to match the profile of the first and then cut the interior curves on the molding board. You still have to carve the molding, but that’s not difficult after it is glued to the the primary.
The top arrow points to a piece that is almost certainly done from one piece and you will struggle to do it any other way.
Good luck! What finish did you put on the blue arrows?
DanK

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Don W

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#2 posted 566 days ago

You can also buy that kind of molding. I’m pretty sure renovators supply has it. http://www.rensup.com/

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Tim_456

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#3 posted 566 days ago

Thanks Dan and Don. I was hoping i could find some template to cut against and then glue on some onlay. I’m not much of a carver, looks like I’ll pass on this project ;)

Finding the perfect blue for those arrows was tough ;)

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Tim_456

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#4 posted 566 days ago

~Jonathan~, thanks for the reply! that is exactly what i’m looking for. Did you make or purchase the applique? If you purchased, can you share where you found it?
thanks!
T.

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Don W

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#5 posted 566 days ago

something here may help as well, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/55715

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DS

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#6 posted 566 days ago

Tim, you can purchase legs, posts and aprons already carved from some specialty houses like Raymond Enkeboll or Art for Everyday.
They are certainly not the only options, but it is a start.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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huff

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#7 posted 566 days ago

Tim,

Have you tried VanDykes Restorations? http://www.vandykes.com/

They carry a lot of different appliques.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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DS

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#8 posted 566 days ago

More options;
Osborne Wood Products
Remington Wood Products

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DS

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#9 posted 566 days ago

Then there is the perverbial “Learn to Carve your own” method—though, even for a skilled carver, these are fairly challenging pieces.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 565 days ago

Find someone with a CNC system and they can carve that without any problem and make as many as you want!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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DS

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#11 posted 565 days ago

oldnovice, these are the very types of things my 4-axis machine will be capable of once I finish building it.

The Enkeboll stuff is first handcarved by a Master Carver, then digitized for production. A CNC router cuts the production parts then they are detailed by a wood carver to finish them up. Thier quality is impeccable.

I’ve actually built a vanity much like the OP’s example using Enkeboll parts. (Sans Giant Blue Arrows) It turned out amazing.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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WoodChuck84

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#12 posted 565 days ago

One of the WW magazines did an article about this technique about a year ago, but I’m not sure which one.

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