Curved Moldings on the Router Table
Over-arm jig lets you form complex profiles with standard bits
Synopsis: You need to make curved molding, but you don’t have the time or inclination to do the whole job by hand with carving gouges, and you don’t have the money or desire to buy custom-ground shaper bits that fit your desired profile. That’s OK, you can still make curved molding with this simple over-arm guide used on the router table. Using off-the-shelf router bits with this jig, you can create almost any curved molding profile.
Whether it’s a gooseneck molding for the top of a tall clock or handsome trim for an arched opening between two rooms, curved molding has long been a challenge to cabinet makers and trim carpenters alike.
If time is no constraint, you can make molding the traditional way: by hand with carving gouges. If money is no object, you can have shaper bits custom-ground to your desired profile. For every…