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How to Set Up a Molding Cutter

A molding cutter can create a variety of molding profiles on a table saw. Use these step-by-step instructions to easily set up a molding cutter on a table saw.

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set up molding cutter on table saw
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Insert the Cutters

Select the profile, then insert three like cutters into the slots of the molding cutter. An Allen screw goes through each of the cutters to attach them to the plate. Use an Allen wrench to tighten them in place.

Mount the molding cutter on the arbor of the table saw.

use Allen wrench to tighten cutters in place

Step 2: Use a Throat Plate Insert

Use a throat plate insert (Image 1) designed for the cutter blades chosen.

Tip: Use a board attached to the fence to hold down the board that's being profiled. This will help make cleaner cuts. When making the cut, move through the cut slowly and keep even pressure on the board (Image 2).