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Topic tags/keywords: molding trim router shaper

A good friend of mine is adding onto their late 19th century home and wants to be able to use trim that looks as close as possible. He’s asked me for help, and I’m asking you for yours! He has done woodworking in the past for some previous renovations and had a shaper cutter make a piece quite similar to the original. Unfortunately he no longer has the bit and unable to find a good replacement.

Below is a photo of the profiles of the original trim piece (which he calls “shoe molding”), and the replacement he made years ago. Any ideas on how to fabricate something like this some other way? All the ogee bits I’ve found are too tight radiused to make the lower slope.


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#1 posted 529 days ago

Maybe if you ran the trim at a angle to the bit you might get more of a slope. I did that to match cabinet door trim using a long round bottomed bit. Good luck.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 529 days ago

You could use a combination of a round over bit and cove bit on a router table.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 529 days ago

+1 on bondos suggestion

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 529 days ago

I’m going to get a cove bit and test this. Thanks for the idea.

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#6 posted 529 days ago

I’ve done something similar to this using part of a larger round over bit first to get the ovolo shape, then used a core box bit lowering the bit a little at a time so as not to stress the bit. Then a little sanding to make the transition between the two.
I had to do it free hand with an edge guide because of the nature of the profile. I had to use three or four different bits to accomplish the profile that I needed.

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