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    Old House Trim Question

    So a friend is renovating an old house. They have some decorative trim on the house made out of old redwood.

    Apparently they need about 45 of these little round 'nubby' things. Is there a name for them?

    Would there be anywhere you could think of where they might be able to buy them? They look like they'd be a little bit of a pain to turn one by one.

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    I think the term you'll need to search on is "Onlay" maybe half sphere/ball.

    If they are painting again and don't mind using wood, perhaps using some split balls on a piece of sliced dowel or a puck that has been cut out by a hole saw...
    http://www.craftparts.com/balls-spli...c-277_278.html

    Edit: Might have luck with "Rosette" too.
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    Try house restoration sites. Often these things are made of Styrofoamed and stuccoed. Turning 45 of them would be a bit pricey. Or they could get a lathe and learn to turn, though spheres are not the easiest shape to make, let alone duplicate.

    Sites like this one: http://www.historichouseparts.com

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    Make a mold
    https://www.smooth-on.com/

    Cast them out of resin or even cement

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    Ahh, That' looks perfect Brian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    They look like they'd be a little bit of a pain to turn one by one.
    Depends on how you do it ...

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    Seems like you could make them with a modified drill press rosette cutter. You'd have to grind a cutter to that hemispherical shape.

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    I's turn short dowels , turn one cut it off and then the next. Or turn a longer stock and cut the knobs off with a Japanese saw. For furniture that's what I've done. Your not going to buy them anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    Depends on how you do it ...

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    That would knock them out in a hurry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    I's turn short dowels , turn one cut it off and then the next. Or turn a longer stock and cut the knobs off with a Japanese saw. For furniture that's what I've done. Your not going to buy them anywhere.
    You don't think that having them end grain like that would be a problem?

    I was thinking a screw chuck would be the fastest way to do it face grain, without Ed's fancy rig I think a quasi production turner could do them at around five minutes per so say $10-12 a pop including cutting the blanks and some not to fancy wood.

    Practically speaking I'm with Brians solution
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