Ripping narrow molding profiles
Ben Brunick (@chalkstonewoodworking) shows you how he rips narrow molding profiles off a board without any jigs
Ben Brunick is a professional woodworker in Yankton, South Dakota, and keeper of one our favorite Instagram accounts, @chalkstonewoodworking. He specializes in custom furniture, window restoration, and antique billiard restoration.
For Ben, working in a manner that is efficient and safe is the only way to pay the bills. A lot of Ben’s work involves recreating molding profile for millwork made decades ago. Many times, it’s just a small run that’s needed, so he doesn’t want to set up a bunch of jigs to get it done.
- After ripping a board to width, Ben makes sure to leave the fence in place
- Then he adds the profile to both sides of his board on a router table or shaper
- Next he nudges the fence over the width of the profile, plus the width of the blade, and rips the profile off of the other side
- He repeats as necessary
As with anything in woodworking, there are lots of other ways of accomplishing the same outcome. This is a great one to add to your bag of tricks next time you need to quickly make some molding.