The Moldings

What turns this basic box into a mantel clock are the six molded pieces used for the crown and base. Although each profile uses different setups, I followed the same general rules for routing all the pieces.

  1. Because of the small size of the pieces being molded, using a router table (see Woodsmith No. 20) is the only way to safely cut the different profiles.
  2. Some woods have a nasty habit of chipping out as they're routed. To help prevent the worst of this, start every pass on the end grain of the piece. Then the following pass on the long grain usually removes the damage.
  3. Although some of these cuts are made with bits that have a pilot, I also used the router table's fence (positioned flush with the pilot) to stabilize the smaller pieces at the beginning and end of each cut.

FIGURE 9

DISTANCE EQUALS ^ THICKNESS OF STOCK

FIGURE 9

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