8 Tips for Flawless Moldings
Smart router setup and technique yield crisp profiles and silky surfaces
Synopsis: Creating molding safely and cleanly requires that you use proper tools and pay careful attention to technique. Here, Steve Latta shares tips for making sure that the moldings you build will fit well and look their best. They include choosing the right router-table setup, burying the bit to eliminate tearout, roughing out profiles on the tablesaw, using a wide blank for safety, cutting in the proper sequence to avoid chipout, using an offset fence, and techniques for ripping and cleanup. With Latta’s help, you’ll soon be creating molding that gives all your woodworking the perfect finishing touch.
A crisp molding lends the same touch of elegance to a wellmade cabinet that a silk tie bestows on a sharp-dressed man. But in order for their magic to work, neckties and moldings both must be treated with care. A molding with torn-out grain or fuzzy edges will spoil the…