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How to Match Molding Profiles

It can be hard to match molding profiles -- especially when working on an older home. DIY experts how to use a router to create and match molding profiles.

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use router to create and match molding profiles
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Create the Chamfer

Run the chamfer on the table saw. Tilt the blade to the appropriate angle to create the chamfer.

create the chamfer

Step 2: Position the Router Bit and Cut

Locate a router bit to match your needs and place it into the router table. To match the profile in this case, the board must be run face down. Tilt the board on the bevel and cut the profile (Image 1). Tips for using this kind of profile bit:

  • Use a feather board and a board mounted to the top of the fence to hold the board in place during the cut (Image 2).
  • The process can take several passes to complete. Write "top" on the top of the board so that you know which side goes up when making the passes.
  • When passes are complete on the chair molding, the board will have some extra material at the top and bottom. Cut them off on the table saw (Image 3).