Are you like me; do you retain scrap trim? If so, before filing away — grab somewhere around a 1-foot length, a Sharpie, and place identifiable markings on the back of each unique strip. Do this and over time you will build yourself, and your house, a wood molding library.
Other options for what to write might be — “base in back hall bedroom 2; fuschia room — southeast ” or if you profile your own, use something like “1/4″ beading bit” or “3/16″ cove.”
At minimum, measure the width of the profile (the bigger number) and the height/thickness (while lying flat or using a point on a rule or tape other than 0). Measurements are, as far as I know, always recorded at their largest point. In other words, if the thickest part on the fat side of a colonial door trim is 11/16″, your trim measures at, and is 11/16″ thick.
Important: Demand this too from people you hire — the exact sample from a job with information could come in handy in a few years. And the funny thing is . . . they may be the ones that need to access this information then.
Take these steps and future matching at home centers and/or ordering from supersites like Good Millwork will be easy.
I use 5-gallon buckets to store my wood molding library, but I think you probably could come up with one or two certainly suitable solutions for storing your collection.
Thanks and BMoxieBMore!
There is a little confusion for me on where exactly the WM# index originates from and who now maintains it. If you know, please feel free to comment below.
A Moxie Box essential — The Sharpie: http://www.sharpie.com/enUS/Home/default.html