Above are photos of embossing patterns; they do not represent wood mouldings in stock.  These embossings can be used to design a

 custom wood moulding profile.  However, the cost is considerable and should not be considered, unless large quantities are desired.

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Embossing patterns are obtained with heat and pressure from a circular metal die that rotates over and into the wood moulding.  The metal die has the embossing pattern cut into the circumference of the wheel.  The embossing machine causes the wood moulding to pass between the rolling embossing wheel (die) above and a drive wheel below.  By lowering the embossing wheel, more pressure is exerted on the wood, resulting in a deeper impression of the pattern into the wood molding.  Heating the embossing wheel, allows the pattern to "burn" into the wood without splintering.

Custom Profiles:

Custom profiles can be designed to incorporated these embossings into the wood moulding.  Since the cutting knives are make in-house, virtually any pattern can be manufactured.  That portion of the molding which contains the embossing must conform to the embossing wheel (die), but the rest of the profile is open to design.  Some of these patterns can be found on architectural mouldings; most of them are found on picture frame mouldings.

Wood Moulding:

Poplar and basswood are good for accepting deep embossing.  We also emboss on  ramin, ash, oak and soft maple.  Even hard maple can sometimes be embossed, but harder woods are not as suitable for deep embossings.

These embossings can be used on picture frame moulding, architectural mouldings, such as crown moulding, and also trim moulding.