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The process of making moldings on the routing system is very similar to the way it is done with the shaper. These finished moldings can be used in many different ways to accent all types of projects (Figure 22-15).

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Figure 22-15. Moldings made with the routing system can be used to accent all types of projects like these.

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Figure 22-16. Construction details of the hold-down fences. Click on image for larger view.

Begin with a piece of stock that is large enough to handle safely. If your finished piece of molding will be straight, simply guide your stock against the pilot of the bit or a fence to form the edge, as you would for edging as explained earlier in this chapter. Shop-made hold-down fences (Figure 22-16) will allow the use of feather boards in providing improved workpiece control during operations (Figure 22-17).



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Figure 22-17. Using the hold-down fences and feather boards to control the workpiece.

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Figure 22-18. When making curved moldings, first cut out your desired shape on a piece of stock with a bandsaw or scroll saw.

If your finished molding will be curved, first cut out the curved shape on a wide piece of stock (Figure 22-18). Then shape this curved edge on the routing system (Figure 22-19). Remember that if you're using a piloted bit, no fixtures or fences will be required, since the pilot of the bit will control your depth-of-cut during operations. If you're using an un-piloted bit, you will need to use the fence when cutting straight moldings-a fixture (details provided later in this chapter) or an undersized guide pin (as explained under edging earlier in this chapter) when cutting curved moldings.

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Figure 22-19. Guide the stock against the piloted bit to shape the curved edge.

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Figure 22-20. Use a bandsaw or scroll saw to cut the shaped edge away from the workpiece.

Once you've formed the shaped edge (curved or straight), simply cut it away from your workpiece using a bandsaw or scroll saw (Figure 22-20) and complete the operation by sanding the edges.

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