How to Build VALANCE BOX-103 Part 3: How to Apply Appliques Using a Steam Bath

This is the traditional method for installing compo appliques on a porous surface. The technique worked really well for my intended purpose of softening up these old appliques so that they would lay flat.


How to Build VALANCE BOX-103 Part 2: Preparing the Center Panel and Applique for Installation

This post shows you how I prepare this compo scroll and acanthus leaf applique for installation on this bare wood panel.

Flat-Stock Moldings, Molding & Millwork Inventory


Flat-Stock Panel This is the first time I’ll be using this pre-cut flat-stock board for a center panel for displaying an ornament. The center panel is where I’ll apply the scroll and acanthus leaf compo applique, and these compo appliques…

Architectural Ornaments

Architectural Ornament-7652

Scroll and Leaf Center Applique An applique perfect for the center of a door or window entablature (see it applied to a swan’s neck entablature here, fifth picture down), a fireplace mantel center, or a window valance box/pelmet. Applique Specifications


Miter Saw Blade for Cutting Moldings

12″, 80 Tooth Miter Saw Blade [This is part of my Molding Installation Tool Kit series.] A good blade for your 10″ or 12″ miter saw is just as important as the saw itself. Most miter saws come with a general…

Jennifer's Nest, Our Molding Makeover Updates

Build a Valance Box Now, Save a Cat’s Life Later. Hopefully.

By Jennifer Ken and I are both constitutional over-planners.  We tend to produce detailed, elegant and highly optimistic plans partly out of sheer high spirits.  This makes us mildly smug at times: you won’t catch us making dozens of trips…

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: The Two Most Important Molding Installation Tips I Have

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] My Dubious Qualifications Prior to teaching myself how to install molding buildups, my woodworking experience included the following two projects: The Fort  Building a wobbly tree house out of scrap…