Refinishing old oak floor
Comparing methods and products for a reasonably priced, quality finish. January 28, 2002

Polyester and Epoxy Wood Repair Fillers in Conservation Work
Tips on whether epoxy or polyester wood repair formulas are sufficiently authentic for conservation work, and some tips on how to use them. October 26, 2007

Medieval Woodworking, Architecture, Social Power, Space Shuttles, and Hand-Carved Wood Waffle Irons
Excellent adventure or bogus journey? You had to be there. March 20, 2012

Wood Choice for Exterior Column Bases
A woodworker looks for a rot-resistant material for exterior porch column plinths. July 18, 2008

Reproducing Historic Wood Columns
Advice on adhesives, assembling and joining the staves, and woodturning methods for replicating historic old architectural columns. May 12, 2013

Matching Old Moulding Profiles
Advice on how to get custom moulder knives for reproducing historic old trim profiles. July 30, 2009

Wood Choice for Paint Grade Historic Millwork
Woodworkers discuss the pros and cons of Spanish Cedar, Mahogany, Sapele, Black Locust, and recovered Heart Pine for a restoration and historic reproduction project. April 27, 2011

Replicating a Custom Moulding Profile
For a matching finish job, a craftsman needs fifteen feet of a non-standard moulding. Pros suggest several methods, from ordering custom moulder knives to engaging in router-and-tablesaw sculpting. November 10, 2005


Profile Knife Grinders for Replicating Mouldings
A discussion of knife grinding equipment and techniques for a woodworker who wants to reproduce historic mouldings for custom work. January 28, 2013

Making Molds and Taking Impressions
A discussion of materials used to make molds of existing mouldings in order to duplicate a unique original. December 26, 2006

Taking Impressions of Moulding
Advice on making a reverse impression of a moulding you want to replicate. November 8, 2008

Recreating Historic Period Wood Filler
How to mix up a batch of the wood filler our forefathers used to use. June 23, 2006

Salvaging painted heart pine
Ideas for removing lead paint and nails from heart pine beams. August 12, 2001

A Very Short Piece of Matching Moulding
What are you going to do when some old door casing mouldings have been cut off just an inch short of the floor? Here are some great ideas for making the match. April 12, 2013

Casting Fine Trim Profiles
You can use Bondo, epoxy, or putty to cast a moulding profile you're trying to replicate. June 26, 2009

Lap Siding for a Flared Turret
Those complex Victorian turret flares are usually shingled because siding them with boards is so hard. But here's a description of how to fit lap siding to a flared cone. March 4, 2007

Octagon Columns
Determining the width of staves. January 24, 2005

Epoxy Porch Post Repair
Advice on suitable repair epoxies for a rotted exterior porch post. March 3, 2009

Sources for Mold-Making Materials and Info
Here's a list of vendors who supply materials you can use to create a mold of an existing moulding, in order to reproduce the piece using cast plaster. September 15, 2011

Eliminating Wood Problems -- An Industry Review: 10 Ways of Eliminating Wood Problems
Gene Wengert explains why eliminating wood problems begins and ends with monitoring and controlling the moisture content (MC) in wood -March 18, 2000

Bleaching, Pickling and Antiquing -- Hardwood Flooring and Millwork
Customized hardwood finishes offer new decorative dimension. December 3, 2001

Ellipse jig
Making your own jig for ellipse-based arcs. (From WOODWEB's Cabinetmaking Forum) March 5, 2003

Short Run Patch and Match Pieces for Custom Crown Moulding
Suggestions for ways to match the look of old existing crown in a few small areas. August 15, 2011

New turn on rosettes
Could cutting rosettes on a lathe reduce tearout problems? July 22, 2003

Building Plantation Shutters
Solutions for building custom shutters, including hardware choices. February 12, 2009

- Spreadsheet Calculation Program -- for Curves, Angles, Compound Miters and Springback
Free downloadable program(s) in both Excel and MS Works, including illustrations that support the formulas.. August 6, 2002