Q. Is it possible to get a custom-made router bit to match an old molding profile?
A. Yes, it is! Andrews Toolworks is one company in the business
of making one-of-a-kind carbide bits. Prices range from $155 to $300
for a single bit. So if you only have a few feet of molding to run,
there are more economical ways of reproducing old moldings (see “Make
Your Own Tablesaw Moldings,” AW #110, October 2004). The cost of the
bit is driven more by its diameter than the height or complexity of the
profile. Andrews' custom bits are made with high-quality Rc45 Swedish
carbide. You can order them with 1/4-in. or 1/2-in. shanks, and with
bearings, if needed. Ordering starts with a cost estimate based on a
sample or a dimensioned sketch. Next comes a computer drawing of the
bit with a final cost. Once you give the go-ahead, expect to wait three
to four weeks for delivery of your bit.
Andrews Toolworks Inc. (800) 821-8378, www.routerbitsonline.com, Custom carbide bits, $155 to $300 ea.