CREATE UNIQUE MOLDING PATTERNS BY COMBINING STOCK PROFILES — and a little help from Woodmaster

You won't find a baseboard pattern like this anywhere except in Rob Schramm's shop. That's because he combines various profiles to create unique patterns, then has Woodmaster turn his drawings into custom knives.

You won’t find a baseboard pattern like this anywhere except in Rob Schramm’s shop. That’s because he combines various profiles to create unique patterns, then has Woodmaster turn his drawings into custom knives.

 

Rob makes outstanding antique glass mirrors full time but here's an example of his woodworking skills — a handsome, high-end kitchen island.

Rob makes outstanding antique glass mirrors full time but here’s an example of his woodworking skills — a handsome, high-end kitchen island.

 

Rob at work with his 18" Woodmaster 718

Rob at work with his 18″ Woodmaster 718

“I’ve done woodworking since I was little. I was in construction and painting for 25 years, now I make high-end custom mirrors using antique-finish mirror glass. My company is Timeless Reflections. http://www.antiqued-mirrors.com/

I own a Woodmaster 718 and use it to make mirror frames and also specialty trim for other projects. I make molding rather than buy generic trim patterns from home centers and big box stores.

High-end work deserves custom trim

I chose Woodmaster because no other molder/planer works as well. I got the 18” 718 because I’m in a commercial business. I never run anything over 12” wide but I wanted more power than Woodmaster’s 12” 712.

Each Woodmaster pattern knife is computer cut, hand-ground, and hand-honed. A perfect blend of the latest computer technology and old-fashioned hand craftsmanship.

Each Woodmaster pattern knife is computer cut, hand-ground, and hand-honed. A perfect blend of the latest computer technology and old-fashioned hand craftsmanship.

I have a big collection of molding knives. Most are custom made, many by Woodmaster. I always get duplicate knife patterns — I run two blades at a time in Woodmaster’s 700S2 head. It’s not like one blade isn’t enough. But running two blades, I can run large moldings at full speed and rarely have to sand anything.

Combining stock profiles yields one-of-a-kind patterns

I customize my own knives with the help of Woodmaster Tools. I design my own moldings by setting up two or three of my knives in the head to create the profile I want. I make a wooden prototype and send it to Woodmaster to be turned into a knife in M2 steel.

Here's why Rob makes the big bucks — see his remarkable antique glass mirror installation at the Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, IL — and many other establishments.

Here’s why Rob makes the big bucks — see his remarkable antique glass mirror installation at the Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, IL — and many other establishments.

Hooked

Woodmaster’s a 10 out of 10 and I have nothing but good things to say about the machine and the people at the company. If you don’t own one, but have been thinking of buying a Woodmaster 718, stop thinking and start buying. It is my favorite tool in my shop and since I have bought it I have never looked back. Run your first piece of molding and you will be HOOKED!”

— Rob Schramm, Woodmaster 718 Owner, Spring Valley IL