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If you’ve ever cruised the aisles at the local big box looking at the wood trim and seen these wooden medallions going for a crack-smoking $6-$10 a pop and thought “I like that, but there’s no way I’m paying that for it,” you’re not alone. Flickr pool member brentph demonstrates how easy it is to make one on the cheap.

Just track down a rosette cutter bit like this one and cut a block around it. Once you make the circle design in the middle and perhaps round the sides, you have a piece the same quality as the blocks at the local retail place, and you can make it out of any stock you like, not just fir or pine.  Expect to pay around $10 to $25 for a bit, which means you’d have to cut a few to make your cash back — but you normally wouldn’t need to buy just one rosette anyway, so making one winds up being cheaper.

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