Sources of historic mouldings

karinlAugust 21, 2011

After 20 years of obsessing about preserving every last splinter of original woodwork in our house, I recently discovered that there is a millwork shop in my area that specializes in heritage mouldings, still offering all the wood profiles to be found in our house. Hallelujah! I still wouldn't throw my old stuff away, but discovering this place has allowed us to do projects for which we don't have original moulding to a much better standard.

Some other recent posts illustrate that all over the country, we are trying to match and replace old wood trim, and that the sources aren't so easy to find, but they're out there. So I wonder if it would be useful to have a thread in which sources are listed?

So my big find is Tanex Industries Moulding and Millwork in New Westminster, BC, Canada.

Some specifics that may be the same or different at other shops:

Their mouldings are scaled down just slightly from the originals due to modern lumber dimensions, but the profiles are accurate. And like most millwork shops, they do custom work as well. They work in both fir and MDF. And finally, not everything is in stock all the time; as others have mentioned here, there is a minimum order size or set-up charge if you need something that is not in stock.


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My source in Portland, OR is McCoy Millwork. Everything I've ever needed for historically accurate moldings for my home. I don't know if they do custom work because I've always found what I needed at their store and online catalog, and you can choose from a number of different woods to fit your budget and style.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2011 at 11:31PM
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Stark Lumber, Denver, CO.
We've used both of these companies with great suceess for our 1913 bungalow.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 2:36PM
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I have a lumber yard that has been in business since before 1861.

A good lumber yard can run just about any molding you want, the problem is usually the knife setup charge.

You can also create them on a router table yourself, though it may take multiple passes and some other tricks (like a tilting setup for the router).

While I attempt to preserve and re-use old moldings, the labor in this needs to be weighed against the cost of making and using matching new material.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2011 at 10:17AM
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