What is beading?

 
         
         
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A bead is a decorative woodworking feature which comes in strips, similar in appearance to a moulding. Although they look very similar, there are several differences between the two:

 
         
     

Material

 
  Beading  

Beading is usually made of wood, whereas a mould is often made from plaster or plastic, as well as wood.

 
         
     

Profile

 
  Moulding  

The shapes created on beads are usually less complex than those on moulds.

 

Beading usually consists of rounded edges of different sizes, in the style of a string of beads, hence the name. The term reed is sometimes used for beading with two or more curves in its profile.

 
         
     

Use

 
  Bead hiding cables  

Another difference between the two is that a bead is most commonly used for practical reasons, such as to hide cables or wires, or to conceal the joint between two materials.Bead router cutters

 
         
  wall and floor seam  

Beads are often used to cover the seam where a wall meets a floor.

 
         
  Inside edge of window  

However, they can also be used around the inside edge of window frames. This creates a more pleasing finish between the glass and the frame.

 
         
  Decorative mould  

Although a mould can also be used in this way, because of its more elaborate design, it is usually used as a purely decorative feature.

 
         
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