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How to Match Historic Molding

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.

Steps for matching historic molding

  1. Tom uses a molding profile jig to show Kevin how to match historic moldings.
  2. Tom pushes the pins of the jig into the molding and it forms an outline of the molding. Homeowners can then trace the design onto a piece of paper and bring it to a mill shop.
  3. You can either match that tracing to one a stock profile in a mill shop or they could make a molding for you with a custom knife so you can replicate the profile on your choice of wood.