Making the Molding
For this project you'll need to replace
the blade of your table saw with a triple-head cutter. There are several
interchangeable heads. The triple bead cutter allows a one-pass operation.
With the blade installed and the rip fence set, the board passes over the
cutter, face down. Don't forget the pusher, blade guard and eye
To set the rip fence, first set the
distance from the middle of the blade to half the width of the stock. Then,
using a scrap piece of stock you can flip the board and split the difference to
set an exact center location.
The cutter depth should more than recess the triple bead cut. Allow almost
1/8" of recess from the bead rounds to the board face. This will allow for
sanding the board without damage to the bead cut.
It is best to cut the molding on the
entire length of the stock. Occasionally the ends may not be square, so use a
cut-off miter saw to trim the beginning edge first. After measuring twice, cut
the stock to length.