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Custom Moldings

Our moldings are categorized by their most common use, but may be used for many other applications. Multiple moldings may be used together to produce a built-up molding (commonly done for crowns, cornices, chair rails, base and cap, and back-banded casings). New patterns are frequently added. Some of the hublot replica patterns you see can be varied in thickness or in width (over their flat areas) by changing the molder setup. Moldings may be simply S4S (rectangular), or profiled on one to four sides (see the drawing showing the limits of profile depth and sizes under the section titled Molder Capacity). Backouts (relief cutouts on the back the moldings ) are the normal practice on base and casing. They allow a better installation over uneven walls and keep the molding tighter at the visible edges.


We produce our own molder tooling in-house on a Weinig profile grinder. This enables us to produce or reproduce, any molding profile within the limits of our molder (from ¼” x ½” to 4 ¾” x 8 5/8?. The knives are sharpened with the same template that was used to produce the knives. The digital molder settings for your custom moldings are recorded, so that reorders will be accurate matches.  


We can produce new custom knives from your e-mailed or disc CAD files (.dfx or .dwg), from an accurate drawing, or from a sample molding. CAD drawings can be used to make exact templates using our CNC router. Using CAD we can resize molding drawings to easily produce a series of the same design but at different scales.

Curved moldings are available to match most patterns. We have a Stegherr curved molding machine that can produce curved casing, round frames, or reverse “S?curved moldings up to 4?wide. Curved or straight edges can also be profiled on one of our heavy shapers, pin router or CNC router.  We can now also produce curved crown moldings up to 4.5" wide at any radius from 2' up.


We stock several thousand board feet of lumber and can readily obtain many different species. We can also mold your lumber. To be sure the thickness and width are adequate to allow clean, straight moldings, call about required sizes before obtaining your lumber. Wholesale hardwood lumber is sold by the “board foot?(1?rough thickness by one square foot). Thickness is described in ¼” increments, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4. Widths and lengths are random, measured to the nearest inch or foot. Lengths are usually in two-foot increments. Longer lengths and wider widths are more difficult to find and often demand a premium price. Specified lengths and wide widths can increase the cost and lead times.

The clearest grade for most domestic species is called FAS (firsts and seconds). It is nearly clear of major defects or blemishes. Selects and better is the highest grade available for some species. It allows shorter and narrower rough stock. #1 common is the most economical for shorter cuttings, as in furniture, and most flooring. Grades #2 and #3 are not normally used for custom work. Color variations and sapwood are allowed and not considered a defect unless otherwise specified.

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