07:44AM | 01/17/05
Member Since: 01/15/05
2 lifetime posts
I'm sure this been asked a thousand times but I have ran several searches and cannot find what I am looking for. We are getting ready to install a bunch of molding in our house from case to crown and am tring to figure out if it will benifit us to make our own rather than buy it. I have a table saw and have been looking at the cutters that will work on it but it looks to me you have to make several passes on the same board to get the profile, is this correct? if so that would be to labor intensive. I would buy a planer if I could find one that is reasonably priced that I could use the full profile cutters. The craftsman cutters say they need to be used on a planer that has a gibbs head or something and I cannot find any craftsman planers that say uses these cutters. Please advise me on which planers would be good to look at for this and any tips or advice you have on making molding. And if it is something I should or not consider doing.



03:26AM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
116 lifetime posts
you will have to rip it, plane both edges to get rid of the saw marks and get all of the trim the same dimension. Most casings you buy off the shelf has a relief on the back side of the trim, which I recommend for the offset between the drywall and the door jamb.and then the profile on the top. so thats a minimum of 5 passes through your machines.

If you pay $3/board foot, a 2.25" piece of stock is going to cost about 66 cents with scrap. you can buy a 2.25"colonial casing off the shelf for about .80 to 1.10/foot. If you run 1 thousand feet, you might manage to save 400 dollars, which you are going to pay in tooling and the proper machinery.

If you are thinking using a pine from the lumber yard, make sure its kiln dried or you will end up getting shrinkage once you get it installed.

Crown moulding can be a pain to run, because you have 2 angles on the back side that you have to get right so that they both meet with the front side when you run the profile.

I suppose it all depends what you are wanting to put in your house. 7" or 8" custom base may be cheaper for you to do as commpard to paying for it, but the more standard profiles may be cheaper and alot less headache for you to purchase.


07:24AM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 01/15/05
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Thanks for the fast reply and all of the advice! I have yet to measure how much we will need. The house is 4,000 sf and we will need all molding as it is new. If we do choose to do some of it ourself do you recomend any planers that would be reasonable and will use the full profile cutters? I can use the planer for other projests as well so it wouldn't be just for the molding. I would think possibly a 12" to 18" planer would work for anything I would ever need.

Thanks again for the advice!
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