Master the Art of Making Curved Moldings: Step-by-Step Guide

Master the Art of Making Curved Moldings: Step-by-Step Guide

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
    • The significance of curved moldings
  2. Making a Master Template
    • Using a template for accurate curves
    • Creating a master template
  3. Routing the Curved Edge
    • Rounding the edges with a flush trim bit
    • Tips for using bearing guided router bits safely
  4. Creating Complex Profiles
    • Layering molding in two or more parts
    • Trimming the profiles of layered moldings
  5. Making a Negative Template
    • Creating a negative template for perfect curvature
    • Importance of a negative match for attaching moldings
  6. Trimming the Moldings
    • Using a negative template to trim moldings
    • Techniques for trimming larger workpieces
  7. Gluing the Moldings
    • Applying glue sparingly for a clean finish
    • Tips for avoiding excess squeeze-out
  8. Conclusion
    • Applying techniques to larger-scale moldings
    • Additional resources in Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

🔴 Article: Making Curved Moldings: Enhance Your Woodworking Projects

Woodworking projects often reach a new level of sophistication and elegance with the addition of curved moldings. These intricate and decorative features can be found on clocks, cabinets, and various other pieces of furniture. However, many woodworkers shy away from incorporating curved moldings into their projects due to the perceived complexity of the process. In this guide, we will demystify the art of making curved moldings, taking you through each step and providing invaluable tips and techniques.

1. Introduction

Curved moldings add a touch of beauty and craftsmanship to any woodworking project. They enhance the overall aesthetic appeal and give your creations a unique charm. By mastering the art of making curved moldings, you can elevate your woodworking skills to new heights. In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of creating these dynamic features, ensuring that you can confidently take on any project that involves curved moldings.

2. Making a Master Template

To achieve accurate curves in your moldings, it is essential to work with a template. A template serves as a guide for replicating curves consistently throughout your project. If you already have a template that matches the desired curve, you can proceed to the next step. However, if you don't have one, fear not! We will guide you through making a master template that perfectly matches your project's curves.

3. Routing the Curved Edge

Once you have your master template, it's time to bring your curved moldings to life. The first step is to attach the master template to your molding stock using double-sided tape. Make sure to use wood that is wide enough to encompass the entire curve of the molding. From there, you will rough cut the shape on a bandsaw, ensuring you stay as close to the edge of the template as possible. To achieve the desired shape, use a flush trim bit on your router. This will beautifully finish the curved edge of the molding.

4. Creating Complex Profiles

Curved moldings often require intricate profiles that add depth and visual appeal. Creating complex profiles is made easier by layering moldings in two or more parts. This technique allows you to achieve complex shapes using simple router bits. We have even created a video on creating layered moldings for the January 2017 issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, which you can find in the resources section below.

5. Making a Negative Template

To trim moldings accurately, you need a negative template that is the mirror image of your master template. This technique ensures a precise fit when attaching the moldings to your project. Creating a negative template involves attaching your master template to wider template material and using a flush trim bit to cut a curve through the center. The details of this process can be found in the video we created for the October 2017 issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, which is available in the resources section.

6. Trimming the Moldings

With a negative template in hand, you are now ready to trim your moldings from the larger workpieces. Simply mark the desired width and attach the negative template to the underside of the workpiece using double-sided tape. Then, using a bandsaw, trim away most of the waste wood, leaving about a sixteenth of an inch from the template. For additional support, attach scraps from the bandsaw trimming process to the underside of the template. Finally, use a flush trim router bit to achieve clean and precise cuts.

7. Gluing the Moldings

After trimming the moldings, it's time to join them together. Apply glue sparingly to minimize squeeze-out, which can be challenging to clean up and may affect the finish of your final product. Remember to align the curves perfectly to ensure a seamless fit within your project. Taking extra care during this step will result in a curved complex molding that enhances the overall beauty of your woodworking creation.

8. Conclusion

Congratulations! You have now learned the process of making curved moldings, an invaluable skill that can take your woodworking projects to new heights. You can apply these techniques to both small and large-scale moldings, allowing you to add elegance and sophistication to any piece of furniture or cabinetry. For more tips, tricks, and tutorials, be sure to check out the latest issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, where you can find additional resources on creating curved moldings.


  • Curved moldings add elegance and sophistication to woodworking projects.
  • Making a master template is crucial for achieving accurate curves.
  • Routers and flush trim bits are essential tools for shaping curved edges.
  • Layering moldings allows for the creation of complex profiles.
  • Negative templates ensure precise and seamless trimmings.
  • Gluing moldings requires careful alignment and minimal squeeze-out.


Q: Are curved moldings difficult to make? A: While they may seem daunting at first, with the right techniques and tools, curved moldings can be made with precision and ease.

Q: Can I use curved moldings in large-scale projects? A: Absolutely! The techniques discussed in this article can be applied to both small and large-scale moldings, allowing you to enhance the beauty of any woodworking creation.

Q: Where can I find additional resources on creating curved moldings? A: In the Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, you can find videos and articles that provide detailed instructions and tips for making curved moldings. Visit for more information.


  • Video on creating layered moldings: Link
  • Video on making a negative template: Link
  • Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal: Link

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