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Old 08-26-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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Where are the wood stock for molding pieces come from?


We have had the wonderful idea of adding molding to the entire first floor wall of our house for a while. Me and my husband have bought a router table, a router and some router bits like chair rail, core box, edge beading. Here is an example of a compound chair rail we are to build:


All of sudden we realized that we need wood. No kidding. We need various thickness wood stocks for different molding pieces.


Questions are:
  • Are we sober?
  • Where do we get these wood boards if "yes" to the first question?
  • Home depot has only the 1X... or 2X..... Can we cut off a 2x4 stud for say, a crown piece?
  • We will paint it, does it matter soft or hardwood?
We are serious diyers, but seriously armature ones, too. You guys figured that out before you reach the question part, didn't you?
Your help will be mostly appreciated even it results in our returning the tools back to where they came from.

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Where are the wood stock for molding pieces come from?


Try WWW.shelllumber.com (3 "L"s) or google HARDWOOD LUMBER.

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Sounds like a lot of work.

I hate to discourage you, but if it were me I'd go buy 10' sticks of millwork at Menard's or HD. You can get most common profiles in pine, oak, MDF and even plastic. Some come prefinished, but I usually buy the unfinished and use stain to match existing woodwork.

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Sounds like a lot of work.

I hate to discourage you, but if it were me I'd go buy 10' sticks of millwork at Menard's or HD. You can get most common profiles in pine, oak, MDF and even plastic. Some come prefinished, but I usually buy the unfinished and use stain to match existing woodwork.

Good luck!
Where’s the fun in that.

Mechelle, I like your thinking. I make custom and unique trim a molding all the time simply for the reason that nobody else has it and it is unique.

A decent table saw is mandatory though, then you can rip any thickness of stock you need.

No need for the hardwood if you’re going to paint.

Good luck and have fun with it.
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Where’s the fun in that.
No need for the hardwood if you’re going to paint.
Yep!

Most trim pcs can be routed from 1X stock. You might try picking up some 1X2 pine, 8' long and try out your router table. The Home Depots and Lowes carry it as well as wider pcs. But stick with 1"X 1" or 2" or 3".

As always, read, understand and follow the directions for your router. Wear safety glasses and any other equipment that is recommended. If it's a deep cut where your removing a lot of material then make several passes with the board through the router adjusting for a deeper cut each time. No need to try and hog out a bunch of material all at one time. That usually results in splinters or chipping.

Prime the pine boards after you route and lightly sand. Some even put on one coat of finish paint after everything is cut to length and fit before nailing. Then fill the nail holes after installation and one last finish coat.

Good luck in your new adventure and be patient.

One last note, The ends of the wood you buy from any store or lumber yard are almost never cut straight. You might need to have access to a miter or table saw to help in this project.
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You need to buy dimensionally stable wood for molding stock. Read, "no knots". You can get clear material, called select grade at any descent lumber yard.
I'd practice on pine to get a feel for the new tools. Large molding pieces using hardwoods will require a beefy router for long term use.
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