How to trace a moulding

Although at first it might seem somewhat obvious how to do this, a good tracing can really help get all the details of your moulding right. One thing that will help is to invest in a .5mm(very thin lead) mechanical pencil. They usually cost about $1.00.

The next thing to do is to rub the lead of your pencil on a piece of paper at about a 45 degree angle to create a chisel point on your lead. This takes about 20 seconds.

Then take your sample out to a chop saw and cut a very clean edge on it. If you cut slowly letting the blade get up to full rpm this will give the best results. Tip: don't cut too large of a piece to trace, it is difficult to keep it still while tracing. Usually about a 3" to 4" piece works best. So when cutting, cut your clean edge first then cut it to three inches. It can be very dangerous to cut an already small piece. Be careful!

Put your moulding an a clean sheet of paper , and apply consistent pressure on the top so your moulding doesn't move while you are tracing it. Hold your pencil at an angle so the chisel point lead will be flush to the edge of the moulding. That's it, trace away.

Remember it is Template Services, Inc. job to make sure the corners are square and the lines are smooth. Please don't feel the need to "dress up your tracing" for us to correctly grind you molding knives. All that is required now is for you to put a thickness and width measurement on your drawing. To ensure good results this should be measured with machinist calipers to the nearest .001. Please do not round up or down. For example, if you would like an existing moulding that measures 4.235" to be remanufactured at an even 4 1/4" Please give us the existing precise measurement first with instructions on how you would like it scaled.