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07-30-2018 06:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: base molding maple

I’ve been asked to make several maple bases for displays of sculpted figures. These will be ~1” thick, and squares ranging from 5” x 5” to 9” x 9”. My customer wants these to have base moldings w/ various edge profiles. Where can I buy this molding material? I can’t find it on the web sites for Home Depot, Woodcraft, Highland Hardware, or Rockler.

Again, it has to be solid maple, since I’ll be putting a clear finish on it and would like it to match the bases.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 07-30-2018 06:45 PM

why can’t you use router bits or the shaper and make your own ??
do you have any sketches or drawing to help?
any end profiles that you can draw ?



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#2 posted 07-30-2018 07:04 PM

Excellent suggestion, John! I’m considering this, but I’m still intimidated by routers, especially on maple, which is very hard on bits.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-30-2018 07:14 PM

Perhaps, you could find someone to help you rout them. Pretty simple on a router table. Maple is easy to rout.

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#4 posted 07-30-2018 07:31 PM

5.5” ^

Maybe use Moulding in your search?


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#5 posted 07-30-2018 08:57 PM

you can ease the intimidation factor by taking your board, rout the edge
that you like, then cut that part off on the table saw.
when attached to your 9×9 base like with the skirt fashion, it really gives a nice look.
only takes a couple of good carbide bits cutting at different depths
and/or in combination with other bits to make some very unique profile designs.
maple is not as hard on carbide bits as you think . . . .
and best of all – they will all match the projects you are making !!!!
when you start buying wood parts from Tom, Dick and Jane, there is
no telling what you will end up with = time and money wasted.

and if you are making money on this project, you really should work
with the highest quality tools that you can afford. hence: new bits.

do you have a wood lathe ??? you could also make some round ones too !



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#6 posted 07-31-2018 12:06 PM

+1 on the router method if you have a table. If you don’t mind a skip into Knoxville US Architectural Millwork does great custom work.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#7 posted 07-31-2018 01:38 PM

Any good millwork supplier will make their own mouldings out of whatever kind of wood you want. It won’t be particularly cheap compared to an off-the-shelf product at a big box, but it’s not ridiculously expensive either. They’ll have a bunch of stock profiles that they always have the cutters for, and getting a batch run off with those will be the most economical option outside of doing it yourself.

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