Master Carpenter: Reproducing a Corbel
When restoring a house, making accurate copies of architectural details is often part of the job
Old houses are frequently decorated with many classic elements, but as time and weather take their toll, those old wooden decorations can start to deteriorate. Such was the case with the corbels decorating Michael Fitzpatrick’s house in Massachusetts. In this “Master Carpenter” article, Fitzpatrick demonstrates how he re-created over 50 replacement corbels for his historic house. Fitzpatrick started with an original to make templates for the replacements by using an intact existing corbel. After cutting the basic shape of the corbel, he fine-tuned it on his router table. Next, he made the applied details for the corbels: rosettes and pyramids. This article has a companion “Master Carpenter” video as well as a sidebar about manufactured architectural details and a trick of the trade about using specialized push sticks to keep your fingers safe.