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Salvage molding

Posted by Henry in MI on June 23rd, 2000 04:50 PM
In reply to wood by bc on June 23rd, 2000 10:47 AM [Go to top of thread]

Leah, I usually agree with bc but I can't agree with everything he says. The cost figure sounds reasonable and, yes, you are going to have a cost in time and materials to remove and restore it. But I think it will be worth it. The problem with new is that the molding shape is probably way out of date and you obviously want to match the rest of the house. You can have new made but custom molding is pretty expensive with the cost of a new cutter alone being $100-200. My daughter's 150 year old farmhouse has cherry molding and I can tell you that having new matching molding made would be mucho expensive. And with the cherry, it gets a natural dark age patina that you just can't duplicate. Save the salvage molding if you can and the price is not way out of line. I would offer them $20 for all you can get out and they don't have to give you a receipt.

Henry in MI

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