Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Test Paint to Find Molding Proportions

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] Fill In the Blanks With Paint When you want to make absolutely sure you’ve got the right molding proportion — like the height of a wainscoting or the width of…

Architectural Ornaments

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Acanthus Rosette, Rectngular Applique This applique would also look nice in the capitals of a door or window entablature.  The capitals of a fireplace mantel would be another great place.  The details you need to order this appliqe are right…

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Making Two Pieces of Flat-Stock Flush With Each Other

Note: The tip is for those of us who don’t own a biscuit joiner. [This is part of our How to Install Moldings series and Our Molding Makeover Updates.] Here’s how I deal with a butt joint that won’t stay…

Architectural Ornaments

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Violin & Lute, Ribbon & Frond Musical Instruments Applique This woodworking applique is perfect for the center of a door surround or fireplace mantel.  Here are the details you’ll need to order one for yourself. Applique Specifications

Gratuitous Cat Posts

Calm Before the Storm of Saws

In a few minutes their peaceful, sun-drenched nap will abruptly end when I fire up the miter saw, then the table saw, then the air compressor and then finally the nail gun. I flash of guilt sweeps over me, and…

Architectural Quotes

Timeless or Timebound Architectural Principles

Buildings ought not to be conceived as objects of short-term consumption but of long-term use.  The principles which guide their design and construction must therefore transcend fashions and whims.  Paraphrasing Hannah Ahrendt, without buildings and towns transcending the life-span of…