The Joy of Moldings

Ask Ken, Crown Molding

What Molding Do I Use for Flying Crown Molding Lower Detail?

[This is part of my How to Install Crown Molding Series.] Gina Asks: My husband and I want to install a flying crown molding in our vaulted master bedroom.  We’ve already selected a 4″ crown.  However, we’re unsure of what additional…

Installation & Design Tips

The Only Finish Carpentry Book You’ll Ever Need

If you’re looking for just one book on finish carpentry tools and techniques to rely on, then I’d have to point you to Trim Carpentry Techniques. Authored by Craig Savage, one of the most-published finish carpenters in the business, this…

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Pilaster Capital Ideas for Dave

[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.] Dave Asks Q1  I noticed you took down  Any chance that you still have photos of ARCHWAY-100? Q2  Can I use rope molding for the pilaster capital collar? Q3 …

DIY Molding Projects, FIREPLACE MANTELS, Pattern Book

How to Make OVERMANTEL-100 for About $87.39: Part 1

Traditional Style An overmantel is a formal addition to a fireplace mantel that should be saved for your most public rooms.  For most of us, that means it will go above the living room fireplace. This is a very traditional…

Our Molding Makeover Updates

Half Bathroom Molding Renovation Starts this Weekend!

It’s about time I get going on our half bath molding makeover.  The demo starts this weekend. It’s a typical little downstairs half bathroom with some molding design challenges. For one, the ceiling is low because the HVAC ducting runs…

Installation & Design Tips

Fun With Flat-Stock! MDF Board for Decorative Molding Projects.

[This is part of my DIY Molding Inventory and How to Install Moldings pages.] The core of the architectural details that I like to make is this stuff, Medium Density Fiberboard, or MDF. It’s an engineered wood product — so…