Duplicating Historical Mouldings

September 25th, 2015

 
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!
 

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