It may seem like a simple task, but it can get tricky if you’re trimming mouldings from a cabinet, and it’s not an uncommon problem for builders.
Here’s how to find the right moulding cutter for your project.
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And that can be particularly frustrating for those who’ve never trimmed a cabinet before, says Tricia Williams, a member of the Canadian Association of Home Builders’ cabinet trim team.
“You don’t want to have to go to a tool store to buy a molding cutter, you just want to know what you can and can’t do,” she says.
“That’s not always possible, so you’re forced to improvise.”
To make matters worse, there are many different types of moulding available, and the tools they use are different.
It’s often easier to get the right tool for the job, but you’ll need to make sure that your cabinet’s finished correctly before you can begin the job.
Here are some basic tips to help you choose the right machine to trim your mouldings.
Cutting the moulding with a machine that you can handle can save you a lot of hassle, especially if you don’t have any previous experience with molding, says Williams.
“If you’re starting out, it’s very important that you learn what the machine is capable of, because you may have to cut the mouldings yourself.”
She recommends a 3-inch diameter cutter, as that will give you a better chance of achieving the desired result.
And if you want to trim the moulds from a longer shelf, she says it’s also good to get a shorter one, as long as it’s the right length.
The length of the cutter determines the amount of clearance you’ll get between the mould and the cabinet, so it can also affect the width of the mould.
For a longer mould, you might need to trim it further apart.
For shorter moulds, you may be able to trim around the edge.
It depends on the height of the cabinet you’re working on, and how you plan to install the mould into the shelf.
For the more complicated moulds like a door, it can take a bit of trial and error to get right.
“It can be very frustrating if you’ve never worked with moulding before, because the tools you use for the task may not be the most appropriate ones,” Williams says.
But if you can learn how to work with them, it will save you time and frustration.
“Once you learn how they work, you’ll find that you just have to put the mould in the right place, and get it right,” she explains.
The first step is to make your cut with a 3″ cutter.
This will allow you to trim a longer length of mould from the top.
It also makes it easier to clean up afterwards, as the mould will be easier to handle if the tool is sharp.
“I always recommend the shorter cutter for the smaller moulds.” “
Trimming the mould with a shorter, 1-inch cutter will allow the cut to be more precise and easier to manage, but the cut will be slightly longer and the mould may be a bit wider. “
I always recommend the shorter cutter for the smaller moulds.”
Trimming the mould with a shorter, 1-inch cutter will allow the cut to be more precise and easier to manage, but the cut will be slightly longer and the mould may be a bit wider.
It can also give you more clearance, but won’t have the same amount of height, so there’s less of an impact on the cabinet.
“As long as you don and end up with a mould that is a bit too long, it won’t work,” Williams warns.
It has the same precision as the 3-inches, and that is the key. “
When it comes to the end product, the 1-inches cutter is just fine.
It has the same precision as the 3-inches, and that is the key.
The 3-ins is the best choice for the short length moulds because you can get a nice level edge, and also a smooth finish.”
If you have more than one mould you need to cut differently, and don’t mind a bit more clearance between the cabinet and the shelf, you could use a 3/4-inch or 3/8-inct cutter.
But for the shorter mould, Williams says you’ll want a shorter machine.
“A 3-1/2-in, 3-3/8, or 3-5/8 will all do, but if you have one or two you may need to find a different cutter,” she recommends.
“Because you don’ want to cut a mould from a long shelf, a 1-1 ¼-in cutter is the right choice for you.”
It can be a pain to cut from the bottom up, but once you get it going, it’ll