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Best path to find a router bit

My house was built around 1910 and for the most part the trim is all there but some places need to be replaced. The trim looks like its 5 to 6 inches tall but in reality its just a standard 1 x 4 with a separate molded piece above and it's this piece I'm having a bit more difficult locating a similar bit to cut. I've attached a PDF with a sketch of the piece. Any help is appreciated. I'm hoping to find something close I just don't know the best place to look.
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More than likely a shop made the molding with their own cutting knives. Even modern molding it's difficult to find the manufacturer. You need a molding and a half dozen different companies make molding similar but not close enough to use in the same room.

You probably have two options, replace all the molding in the room or have someone custom make the tooling to match the molding and that can get expensive.

I'm unable to look at the image. My computer doesn't do PDF.
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This may make it easier

Here is a jpeg. It's really a pretty basic profile so I'm hoping to just get close. At this point its entire rooms that are missing it and I can rob from the closets to replace the few missing or damaged areas that are otherwise intact.
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-06-2018, 12:19 PM
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Looks like a roundover bit, angle cut on top, and then touched up to remove the hard edge.

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Yeah, I figured you could probably replicate it using that and a table saw but really thought a router bit that could make both cuts would be much faster and easier to repeat with a high level of consistency. Worse case I may find a roundover bit with the basic profile and take a run at it. I appreciate the feedback.
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Check out these links

http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/...-_molding_bits

http://www.eagleamerica.com/prod_det...-_molding_bits

https://www.holbren.com/whiteside-router-bits

http://www.routerbitworld.com/Router-Bits-s/959.htm

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I have similar baseboard in my house, and recently replicated it. What I used is the molding bit set from Harbor Freight. One of the profiles is eerily close to the profile. I milled a rectangular piece in the correct dimensions, then milled the profile with my router table. I then cut a 9 degree angle on the bottom, and then squared the back to the angle cut. This thinned out the top edge, and kept the profile. I shellaced the molding with amber shellac, to more closely match the 1959 finish. You have to look really close to see the molding doesn't match exactly.

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Thanks, Ive got one close to the house, I'll check them out
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Here is a jpeg. It's really a pretty basic profile so I'm hoping to just get close. At this point its entire rooms that are missing it and I can rob from the closets to replace the few missing or damaged areas that are otherwise intact.
there's several youtube videos about how to make any molding you want with just a few router bits and some ingenuity figuring out how to make different passes or slice your material to layer up correctly.

Basically, you need the right combination of cove, round over and straight bits in the correct radii.
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