Matching Molding Profiles

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Contour Gauge – Matching Molding Profiles

In the remodeling world, I often get called in to alter or build something new in an older home.  In these situations the homeowner usually wants the new moldings and details to match the older moldings. That’s where the contour gauge comes in.

Profile Gauge Purchase Link


Sometimes this is easy and other times it’s not.  In almost every case matching molding, profiles involve making a profile of the old molding and transfer it to my notes or reference a local molding catalog.  I do this with a Johnson contour duplication gauge.

Johnson Level & Tool 2206 6-Inch Ruled Contour Duplication Gauge

This Johnson profile gauge is an excellent tool for Matching Molding Profiles.   It’s also very useful for installing copying difficult tile profiles, wallpaper, woodworking, and trim scribing.  I rely on this gauge so much that I actually have two of them; one is in my estimating bag and the other is in my finish carpentry tool-bag.



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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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