Using A Straight Blade Saw To Create Curves

Using A Straight Blade Saw

Woodworkers have a unique talent of being able to take a piece of wood and create a masterpiece. A woodworker is only as good as his tools, however, so making sure you have a plentiful stock of quality tools is needed.


In order to get the desired shape and appearance of what you plan to make, any woodworker will tell you that you should have plenty of shape cutters, knives, molds, router bits and more.


Wood is not very pliable, which turns into having to use many different tools to shape the wood specifically.  Once you are able to maneuver the tools in such a way so that you give shape, definition and beauty to the wood, you truly have a remarkable design on your hands.


How can you more easily create curvature in wood?


Woodworking involves a timely process from conception to final product. There may be a way to eliminate some time and effort when looking to shape wood more easily and efficiently, and that’s a flexible Japanese saw.


What is the flexible Japanese saw?


The saw itself is a straight blade saw that produces creative curves.


The Japanese flexible saw eliminates the need for an electric router. With a vise for holding the wood steady, the Japanese flexible saw will bend with little effort while cutting perfectly into your wood to create a unique shape.


With the Japanese saw, you can make an arched rabbet, dado, a curved shoulder, and any type of groove in addition to decorating a wood board with curvature geometry.


You will need a template for the design to help guide the cuts, but the saw itself is very easy to use and creates some of the best curves compared to other well-known woodworking tools.


If you can acquire a flexible Japanese saw, you will undoubtedly make the job of creating refined and difficult curvature in woodwork much easier.


The dynamic of this simple tool is ideal to perfect that beautiful curve.


For a variety of woodworking tools and accessories, W. Moore Profiles has a substantial stock. Contact us at 800.228.8151 if you have any further questions about any of the products we offer.

Types Of Molding To Create For Your Newborn’s Room

Types Of Molding To Create For Your Newborn’s Room

Do you have a newborn on the way?


If so, the top item on the to-do list for any parent to be is to take care of the nursery, but it can be easily forgotten about considering the other million stressors during a pregnancy.


As the days come closer to the due date you want to make sure that the nursery becomes a top priority.


In thinking about colors and themes, there is one item in the baby’s room that is often overlooked or even forgotten about – molding.


Molding can make such a difference in the overall appearance of the room and should not be placed on the back burner.


Some of our favorite molding choices include:


  • Chair Rails – you can add dimension and texture by adding a chair rail to the room. The chair rail can be of varying heights as well. It can go up to the top of the bedroom door or be waistline height. You can complement the rail by adding wallpaper either above or below the railing – it will look great with either position you decide.


  • Crown Molding – If your home already has a traditional style, the newborn’s room should continue that same theme. It will only enhance the flow from room to room, especially if each of the other rooms does have crown molding as well. Be sure to consider the room heights when selecting the perfect molding for the baby’s room. If you do have higher ceilings in other portions of the house, you may need to scale back if the nursery walls are shorter.


  • Baseboards – There is no room, in our opinion, that is complete without baseboards. These additions are great because you can match them with the wood floors, paint them white, and even choose your own style to make them pop out from the walls.


When you are creating the perfect nursery for your baby to come, be sure to think about the different types of molding that you can add for character and charm.


Use the above examples for inspiration when you are ready to take this project on.


Remember that W. Moore Profiles has the tools you need to complete your next molding and woodworking job. For more information please feel free to contact us today!



Steps To Take When Creating And Woodworking A Picnic Table

Steps To Take When Creating And Woodworking A Picnic Table

Do you not have any plans for the upcoming weekend, and are looking for a nice project to do with the family or by yourself?


Making a picnic table is the perfect project to take on and you do not need much experience with woodworking to take this project on.


There are only a few steps to follow when creating a picnic table that we have laid out below.


Start building the table from the bottom up.


Create the four legs by cutting 2x8s two at a time, for more accurate measuring by 22 degrees.


Then cut two 2×4 horizontal cross pieces to support the top and two 2×8 crosspieces for the benches.


Cut one corner off each end of the bench crosspieces. Make two 2×4 braces with 45-degree mitered ends to run from the sides to the underside of the tabletop. Cut 2×4 middle braces for the benches and the top.


Next move onto the top of the table by creating the frame; you will need to attach the top crosspiece to the legs with 2 ½ in. deck screws. Be careful not to drill too deep so that the screws puncture through on the other side of the bench.


Then attach the bench crosspiece to the legs with 3 ½ in. carriage bolts 15 in. from the bottom edge.


The last part of the deck building process is cutting two pieces of 2×6 for each bench and five pieces for the top (allowing for a 2 in. overhang on either side).


Then stand the A-Frame sides up and attach the bench crosspieces with 2 ½ in. deck screws. Secure the 2×4 braces to the bench crosspiece at one end and the underside of the tabletop at the other.


You can get creative once all of the above steps are completed by picking a stain or painting color that appeals to your personal taste and creativity to blend with your home’s style.


This project from start to finish should not take too long, therefore making it the perfect project to accomplish on a weekend.


At W. Moore Profiles, we understand that completing any type of woodworking project is impossible without the right tools and accessories. We have a variety of products to choose from, planing knives, moulder heads, shaper cutters, tooling and more.


Want to learn more about any of the products we offer, contact us today!



Common Woodworking Project For Your Home

Common Woodworking Project For Your Home

Ever looked at a spot your house and thought that something would go perfectly in that spot?


We all have and many of us may come up with an idea but don’t think we are capable of creating it. The truth is there a ton of small items wooden items we can create for our homes.


Here are some of them:


File Box


This is a small item that would be the ideal project to work on with one of your kids. It is a little challenging to build but there is no questioning the fun you will have building it. Once completed the file box can hold everything from bills to recipes.




Looking for a place to kick your feet up? Well, you can actually make one for yourself. This item can also double as a small table as well.


Key Rack


Never lose your keys again! Using a small piece of wood and a few rubber coat hooks, this item can be easily assembled and also makes a great last second gift idea.


Pet Nest


This is another great woodworking project for that special four-legged friend in your life. Once assembled, it will be the perfect napping or relaxing spot for them, hopefully keeping them from hogging your bed at night!




What better place to put your tools after one of these projects than their own custom toolbox? This can be made from simple pine wood and hardboards. If you’re feeling really creative you could even create compartments for each tool inside the box as well.


W. Moore Profiles offers a large selection of millwork products for professional woodworkers as well as individuals working on their own projects. If you would like more information on our products, contact us today!



Making Molding Cuts With Molding Tools

Making Molding Cuts With Molding Tools

After a while, the molding in our homes needs to be replaced. Now we could simply go out and hire a professional but the reality is we can cut the new molding ourselves using the proper tools.


Now when it comes to making the cuts it can be done one of two ways: by mitering it or coping it. For mitering, first measure the inside angle of the wall the molding is going on.


Then set your compound miter saw to that angle. From there, keeping the molding tight against it, make our first cut.


From there, swing the blade to match the half angle of your original measurement and then make another cut with the saw. After that put the two pieces together and hammer them into place.


Much like mitering, your first order of business for coping is measuring the angle of the corner. From there, you can make the first cut with the coping saw or the compound miter saw.


The reason for this is where the miter saw can make big cuts, the coping saw can make big cuts but it will also allow you to saw at different angles as well. This is ideal if your molding is going into corners that are smaller than 90 degrees.


A coping saw can go in and make the cuts necessary to make it all fit properly against the wall and the other piece of molding.


Please remember while doing this though that safety is important. If you don’t know how to operate these tools do not use or get taught how to use them as they can cause injury.


On the other hand, if you do have experience with them be sure to protect yourself during their operation.


W. Moore Profiles has a huge selection of molding products for professionals and hobbyists looking to complete their projects. For more information on our products, feel free to contact us today!



The Tools That Woodworking Beginners Need

The Tools That Woodworking Beginners Need

Woodworking can be looked as a hobby or as a profession. For those with a passion of turning everyday lumber into something useful or unique, it can be both.


That’s why it pays (literally) to have the right tools for the job.


If you are someone who is just breaking into the woodworking game, regardless if it is as a career or if you are looking for something to do in your free time on the weekends, you’ll want to find tools that you will use more often.


Here is a list of woodworking tools and what they can do for a novice craftsman:


  • Hand Saw – Until you are confident you can cut your lumber in a completely straight line with a power tool, the hand saw is a great starter to cut for length and pitch. A hand saw will cut cleaner and a bit slower. Both are good things for a novice.


  • Hand Plane – With a hand plane, you can do medium to fine work. Taking rough boards to square, flat, and ready to finish.


  • Marking Tools – Combo squares, chalk lines, and a marking gauge are all pivotal tools that can alleviate problems when measuring on your wood projects.


  • Chisels – The chisel comes in all types and sizes, and is one of the most versatile tools a craftsman can start with. Once you’ve become comfortable with a chisel, creating anything can be possible.


Remember that these tools can really get you off to a solid start in the world of woodworking and are easy to pick up.


If you are a novice craftsman, serious home hobbyist or a professional woodworker, W Moore Profiles has a variety of woodworking tools to offer you. For more information on our products, please feel free to contact us today!

Matching The Color Of Stain

Matching The Color Of Stain

Often with a restoration or replacement project, you’re looking to take out a broken or worn piece of trim or ornamentation and replace it with a freshly cut and colored piece.


While matching the cut can be done several different ways, as we’ve previously discussed, matching the color can sometimes be a more difficult endeavor.


While you may be able to find a stain that’s almost the right shade, it might be just a hint too light or dark to seamlessly blend with the existing wood. That’s where blending options come in. Popular Woodworking recently discussed blending your stain and had several recommendations.


Here’s a look at a few options to get the stain just right.


Blend Shades


One of the simplest ways to achieve a perfect color is to blend two shades from the same type and brand of stain. Two stains from the same manufacturer and using the same stain medium should have very similar properties, making them more easily combined without skewing the mixed shade or making it inconsistently colored.


Add Pigment


Another option is to add a concentrated pigment paste to add more coloration to your existing stain.


These “universal tinting colors,” Popular Woodworking notes, are available both in oil- and water-based formulas to blend with whichever staining medium you’ll be working with. Plus, with such a strong and concentrated color, the minimal amount needed to change the hue should not alter the overall drying time and allow you to work at the same pace.


Oil Options


Last, if you’re working to match an oil-based stain, altering the color can be done with two pigment changing options – artist’s oil colors and Japan colors. These pigment additives are commonly available from arts and crafts stores, and can be used to darken or brighten the tint.


Like UTCs, the amount you’ll need shouldn’t change drying time much, though artist’s oil colors are more likely to add time than Japan colors.


Through a bit of experimenting, achieving the perfect color to blend perfectly with your existing moulding is possible. If you need help getting the right shape, however, we can help.


At W. Moore Profiles, our extensive selection of insert tooling, moulder heads, planing knives and more is sure to have the shapes you need for your project.


We can also make custom-made shapes for your unique trimming, as well! For more information or help determining the right approach for your project, contact us today.



Create Great-Looking Cabinet Doors With The Frame-And-Panel Method

Create Great-Looking Cabinet Doors With The Frame-And-Panel Method

Whether you’re a crafty hobbyist or a serious DIYer, you might be interested to know that cabinets are quite easy to make if you have the right tools and a little bit of expert advice.


To class up an outdated kitchen, add a little something extra to a living or dining area, or finish off your man-cave in the basement, homemade cabinets are an easy, no-fuss and inexpensive alternative to mass-produced and overpriced products that you’ll find on the floors of furniture stores across America.


Try these easy frame-and-panel cabinet doors – so simple that your kids could help you – that only take about 30 minutes to complete each!


For the frames, use 3/4-inch thick stock cut into the appropriate dimensions for your needed cabinet door, and stick to about 1/4-inch thick panels to insert.


Be sure to choose a wood type or veneer that you like and that will complement the décor of your home.


Once you have your dimensions planned, you can cut grooves in each frame piece to slide around the center paneling. After you’ve confirmed the fit, you can move on to styling.


Creating a unique design is fully at your discretion. You’ll need to have some shaper cutters handy for this, which can also be used to create the groove to slide the panel into, but are also key to making truly unique cabinets by shaping the frames in various ways.


For example, you can create a reversible pattern detail on the edges of your frame where the pieces meet for a unique look.


Rather than just straight lines, a reversible pattern detail cutter will help you to create simple but interesting patterns that fit together that are eye catching.


Similarly, you could use a window sash cutter to create the same sort of pattern where the corners of your frame meet.


Or, fashion an inlay of sorts to fit over the panel of your cabinet door, using half round concave cutters or corner rounding cutters to make a truly unique-looking cabinet door that no one else will have!


For more information on this handy and simple project, check out the full tips at Wood Magazine.


At W Moore Profiles, we have a great selection of shaper cutters, planing heads and router bits to help you design fully unique looks for your wood projects.


Check out our full inventory online, or contact us today for more information.

Create a Unique Look with Custom Door Moulding

Create a Unique Look with Custom Door Moulding

The colder months are slowly but surely approaching, and with winter on its way, it’s important to do all you can to prepare your home for freezing temperatures. As you go about the business of cleaning gutters and sealing up roof and window leaks, you might also need to take a look at your home’s doors.


While you’re checking out your home’s doors to ensure they are winter-ready, why not give them a bit of a makeover?


Custom door moulding is a great way to give your home a unique look that won’t be replicated all over your neighborhood. You can create beautiful, eye-catching designs that will make your home truly yours.


With tools that can help you easily shape and cut different types of wood, you can create custom designs that match your home’s interior baseboards or crown moulding, creating a luxurious entryway.


Forget about that boring old front door, and make something truly unique!


Once you’ve finished, make sure that the door is sealed well. You’ll need to carefully and generously apply caulk to any cracks that you might see to ensure that the door is winter-ready. Sealing up any gaps around your door will provide an airtight seal and protection against cold drafts that blow in and your heated air blowing out.


These gaps can make your heating systems work over time, ultimately costing you money. So make sure that everything is sealed up while it’s still not too cold outside. And consider revamping your home’s entire look with something simple: a custom front door, complete with gorgeous moulding.


At W. Moore Profiles, we carry a great range of moulder heads to help you create those customized looks, as well as the Magic Molder, a great tool that can make shaping your custom moulding even easier.


For more information or help selecting the right tools, contact us today.


Duplicating Historical Mouldings

We hear from woodworkers everyday that they have looked all over the Web for a specific moulding detail, and “no one makes it.” With all the mouldings that have been created in the past 200 years or so, it’s not surprising that we see profiles every day that are unique and interesting.
Often we are contacted for help with an historical renovation or furniture reproduction. We were even contacted by the Architect of the Capitol for help in replacing the window trim in the Oval Office after it was damaged by a fire in the 1990s.
Custom Window MouldingAnother common question we get is “what is the best way to send you the shape that we need?” We can reproduce whatever we have to work with so the closer we are to the original part, the more accurate we can be. A tracing is sometimes good enough, but keep in mind that the thickness of the line will affect the outcome. Also, your pencil may roll around a corner, leaving a rounded edge where the original had a sharp detail.
Tracings can be sent by fax or email. You should always put reference dimensions on a drawing, as well, because it’s hard to know what will happen to the scale of the drawing when is transmitted electronically.
The easiest and most accurate way is, of course, to send a physical sample of what you are reproducing. It’s not necessary to spend time removing paint build up before sending to us – in fact, the contrast between the paint and the underlying wood simplifies the process of reproducing the original moulding, and removing the paint can damage or alter the shape. In some cases, it is not possible to remove a sample. We have found that plaster of Paris makes a good stable mould of the shape that can then be sent in.
For more information or even more help on matching your unique woodworking for a restoration or replacement project, contact W. Moore Profiles today!