Making missing decorative moulding?

MuseChaser

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I'm revisiting some of the first T/S clocks I did when first becoming interested in clock repair about six months ago. A Gilbert tambour was one of the first ones I did, and my skills at that time were limited pretty much to understanding how to get something in beat and hoping for the best. Strangely enough, that actually worked for many of those clocks.... go figure. Anyway, this Gilbert stopped striking properly so I tore it down, did a full clean, pivot polish, spring service, bushed a couple worn holes, and adjusted the strike side properly yesterday... all good to go now. This is one of my favorite movements so far.. I love how the hammers and linkages are external... so easy to adjust...

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Anyway, the question at hand. This case has always been missing one of the two decorative side moulding "wings."....


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I have a router (and a table), but my experience with it is limited primarily to using it for cutting holes, recesses, and rabbets for mounting speaker drivers in the audio speaker systems I design and build, and rounding off cabinets. I'm not much of a woodworker other than that. Are these mouldings standard router bit configurations? How are they made? I have plenty of scrap stock of various hardwoods plus the usual pine stuff lying around to experiment with.. would like to try and fabricate some of these missing pieces on a couple clocks. Can anyone offer some advice/pointers? If there is a specific bit that does this design, what is it called?

Thanks in advance!
 

bikerclockguy

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I’m no help on the router bit, but since you have one that is intact, you could take that to a cabinet maker who has a laser router. He could use that one for a pattern and knock it out in nothing flat.
 
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I’m no help on the router bit, but since you have one that is intact, you could take that to a cabinet maker who has a laser router. He could use that one for a pattern and knock it out in nothing flat.
Great idea. I have complicated moulded skirting boards in the house and had new boards made up to match from an existing piece. Bigger scale but same idea.
 

bikerclockguy

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I guess I am old school. I never heard of a laser router.
The technology has been around for several years, but they start at around $80,000; not something designed for the weekend hobbyists. Most high-end cabinet shops have them, as you can make really elaborate pattern cuts that come out perfect every time, in nothing flat. You really have to turn out some volume to make it worth the investment though
 

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I'll pick up one of those right after I get a proper mill :D
 
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ChimeTime

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Another option, although somewhat of a "cop-out", is to go to a picture frame shop that has a big selection of molding-like picture frame material and buy 20". Then use that to replace both sides. It will match perfectly, be easy and inexpensive.

And let's face it, at this late date no one is likely to walk into your home and say, "I got one just like it, but my molding is slightly different !" :)
 

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Another option, although somewhat of a "cop-out", is to go to a picture frame shop that has a big selection of molding-like picture frame material and buy 20". Then use that to replace both sides. It will match perfectly, be easy and inexpensive.

And let's face it, at this late date no one is likely to walk into your home and say, "I got one just like it, but my molding is slightly different !" :)
Hehehehe.. I'm not sure who to fear more... the moulding inspectors or the solder police ... ;)
 

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its taking a different route but the NAWCC library has some good information on making a mold from the existing one and making a duplicate. Youtube has some videos on the same process but not using clock molding. You will get an exact duplicate that way...
 

bikerclockguy

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its taking a different route but the NAWCC library has some good information on making a mold from the existing one and making a duplicate. Youtube has some videos on the same process but not using clock molding. You will get an exact duplicate that way...
I haven’t researched this, but wouldn’t that involve casting a piece from synthetic resin? I’m not saying it would stick out like a bourbon bottle at a tent revival, but it would probably be noticeable...
 

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