Custom Moulding by Fraser Millworks
When we say Custom Moulding, we truly mean Custom. While many of our custom builders, architects, and home designers select from our extensive catalog of moulding profiles, we are best known for our ability to create highly intricate custom moulding.
When a new moulding style is required for a particular project, we are provided with a sketch or a sample of the pattern. We use this to generate a computerized drawing of the profile which is used to create a set of custom knives. With great precision, these knives are set into a moulder. The moulder is used to mill rough lumber in the selected wood species to a custom moulding profile.
The Process of Grinding a Custom Moulding knife
As we mentioned earlier, the first step in creating your moulding is to create the knives that will be used to mill the moulding. While referring to your moulding style pattern, we prepare the required pieces of hardened steel that will be carefully ground into knives. It is necessary to grind multiple knives for a single moulding style. Even more knives are needed for more complex the moulding styles or designs.
With the appropriate sections of hardened steel, our craftsmen grind the knives by hand using a “Wadkin Knife Grinder.” After the knives are ground to razor sharp, they are ready to be loaded into the moulder cutter heads.
Preparing the Wood Species
The next step in creating your moulding is to prepare the rough lumber that will be required. We use a multi-blade industrial saw to cut the lumber to the correct size. Radius mouldings require more extensive preparation.
Creating Custom Moulding
Mounting the freshly ground knives into the cutter heads of the machines that will mill the moulding is the final step of preparation. The knives are mounted and testing is then performed to assure an exact match to your style pattern. Once an exact match is achieved, moulders transform the prepared wood species into your new moulding.