Construct impressive moldings with just a router and off-the-shelf wood
Synopsis: In a small shop with basic equipment it is still possible to tackle ambitious projects. With nothing more than a basic router, a few router bits, a shopmade router table, and small strips of hardwood, Alan Charney creates a wide variety of moldings. He profiles the individual strips with a router, then glues them together to form complex moldings.
My shop is small, with only the most basic equipment. I also have limited sources of hardwood, confining me to 3 ⁄4-in.- or 1-in.-thick stock. However, these obstacles haven’t stopped me from tackling ambitious projects, such as the crown molding on a secretary I built. Lacking thick slabs of wood and a shaper, I built up the molding from smaller strips, which I profiled individually using a router. When glued together, the individual strips formed a molding that looked like it was milled from one piece of solid stock. Following…