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14…How to Create Dentil Moulding

Dentil mouldings are a distinctive member of the classical moulding family. Often you will see a distinguished building and then when you look up to view the architectural moulding of the cornice you will very often see dentils as one of the cornice members. The same holds true for furniture. Visit a museum that features fine woodworking from the past few hundred years and you are sure to find a furniture piece with a cornice that includes millwork such as dentil moulding.

So, if you were building furniture today and wanted to apply a moulding trim of dentals how would you secure the moulding? Sure, you could purchase some online or perhaps there is a planing mill in the area where it could be purchased. However, what if you could make dentil moulding in your own woodworking shop? The above video tutorial demonstrates how to make decorative dentil moulding for furniture trim. The key to making dentil moulding is having a shop made Dedicated Dado Sled for the table saw

When you have the Dado Sled available you will be finding uses for it in a very short time. The dentil moulding that you see in the video is cherry moulding. It was produced from an off fall ripping of cherry from a previous project. However, if you were to go out and purchase dentil moulding for your woodworking project, what would it cost? Then again, when you decide to create dentil moulding for your own wood project you as a craftsman may find yourself feeling a whole lot better about yourself and the craft of woodworking.

Note: The Dedicated Miter Sled for the Table Saw was used to cut the miter returns for the Dentil moulding.

There is an indexing pin to control equal spacing as the series of dado cuts are made. Also, notice that there is an auxiliary fence with 1/4″ holes at the fence bottom to house the indexing pin. The auxiliary fence has a dado which houses T track on the unseen side of the fence. Two T bolts are in the T track and the bolts extend through drilled holes of the main fence. Two star knobs on the main fence fasten the T bolts thus securing the auxiliary fence in place. The auxiliary fence allows for lateral adjustments which in turn control the spacing of the dado cuts being made when using the indexing pin.


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