Here's a relatively
inexpensive and simple approach to get that old-home restoration look. Window
trim molding can be made using your table saw with a cutter head installed. The
wood can be pine, spruce or any wood of your choice. Generally software woods
are best when using the triple-head cutter.
Common 1x4 lumber is generally a good choice, as shown here. Avoid
knotty wood, as this will not take the molding edge. Also spruce tends to fray
and feather more than pine.
The corner "rosettes" can be
purchased or be created if you have a wood lath. The commercially available
rosettes generally have less depth of cut and are available in limited
To make the rosettes, you can
use a drill press or wood lath. The drill press requires an expensive cutter
and, like the manufactured ones, offers limited sizes. The drill press is fast,
but with a little care and patience, you can do better with the lath. Using a
wood lath, the rosette can be created in a variety of patterns and sizes. A
good choice for wood is 5/4 clear sugar pine. This can be cut into 3-1/2"
blocks or larger 4-1/4" squares as shown. It cuts easily and cleanly using a
face plate. A thicker rosette adds definition and richness to the finished look
Custom door trim-molding