I have a 2 man cabinet shop and am considering making my own crown molding. Is the Williams and Hussey a good choice, or am I better to keep buying it from somewhere? The idea has come from doing frameless cabinets and I can't find the crown I need. It has a place for dentil in it and a lip to nail to the top of the cabinets to eliminate the separate backer, and is 90mm tall when attached so it will work with our 32mm system.
From contributor G:
Have you tried the available ones from Walzcraft? Call them and ask for a fax of page 232 from their catalog. In addition, True32 sells a one-piece crown suitable for adding dentil, but it is the type that has a horizontal lip on the bottom for seating atop the carcass, then fastening down. These crowns are typically applied to cabs before they are hoisted up on the wall.
I often have runs that are longer. In fact I am milling up some crown next week for a job. I need stain grade maple, and it needs to be 12' length. I recently did some mahogany mouldings for another job, and it was great to mill it from the same lot of lumber that I built the rest of the parts from. I really like having my moulder. Although I don't use it often, I wouldn't want to be without it again.
If you decide to buy a W&H, I would recommend spending up for the variable speed model. I don't have one on mine, and I am planning to add it. The reason is, if you are milling up a deep profile like a larger crown or casing, you sometimes get tear out if the grain of the wood is wild or if you use a very hard wood. The variable speed would be nice to slow it down for those types of jobs.
Contributor M, let me know how you like the variable speed feature when you get yours.
When I run large molding, I pass it through twice, lowering the cutting head about 1/16" on the last cut. That usually takes care of tear out but not always. Mostly, though, tear out is minimal if the knives are sharp and you watch the grain direction when feeding the stock in. But I know the grain can change along the length of the board and you hear that nasty grinding sound.