Installation & Design Tips

Short posts on all of my tricks of the trade for designing and installing moldings.

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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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…

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The Lawyer and the Lute

A Short Tale of Moldings & Music [This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] The point finally came in this project when I could put away all the noise-makers — the saws and sanders and dust collectors —…

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Corner Blocks for Dave’s Living Room & Foyer Archways

Other Posts in Dave’s Series Dave’s Kitchen Crown Molding Challenge Dave’s Foyer Moldings Corner Blocks for Dave’s Living Room & Foyer Archways Hi Ken, Once again I am very grateful for your help! Corner Blocks Q  When using corner blocks,…

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Frankentrim: “You Get What You Pay For” or “Beware the Low Bid”

[This is part of my Hiring a Finish Carpenter Tips series] I like to keep things very positive on my blog, and so I prefer not to critique other carpenter’s work because we all work at different experience levels. But if…

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Hiring a Finish Carpenter Tips

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] Not everyone has the time or desire to install their own moldings.  So I’m writing this series of posts for those of you who will contract the installation of your…

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Molding Dissolves

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] When the moldings you want to install run into an obstacle of some sort, it’s perfectly OK to create what I call a molding dissolve. You’ll use dissolves on door…

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More Moldings Please!

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings Series.] This post was inspired by reading molding installation posts on other decorating blogs, and my own experience with the many people I’ve helped design moldings for.

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Decorate Your Home with Moldings, One Room at a Time

[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings Series.] Let’s say you just found our blog and are still breathless after running in and out of each room thinking about all the moldings you’re going to install. But you have to…