When you need to replicate an old
piece of molding, or match the profile of a molding plane
because you need to form a shape on a piece with a radius edge,
a scratch beader can be just the thing.
Our reproduction Poole & Williams
Windsor Beader cutters will match a lot of existing shapes but
for the times they don’t, we offer a cutter with six edges that
can be ground to most any profile.
The following techniques can be
used on about any piece of steel but we think a hardened piece
of spring steel works the best. You can cut up an old saw blade
or worn out cabinet scraper or order small pieces of spring
steel from the online supply houses – we use .05” blued spring
steel in our tools.
For this example I’ve run some mahogany with a 1/8” side-bead
plane and cut off a small piece to use as a guide;
I call it a “mullet”, for lack of a
better term. Layout tools include a permanent marker with a
broad tip, a scratch awl or machinist’s scriber with a good
sharp point, a contour gauge and, in this case, the mullet. I
used the mullet here because I wanted to be sure to replicate
the exact profile of the product of the molding plane on hand.
If copying an existing shape (e.g.
a piece of molding you are stripping paint from) you will need
to use the profile gauge. Be sure and “zero out” the gauge first
by pressing it against a flat surface.
The edge pressed into the molding
will be the profile transferred to the cutter.