How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-103 for $333.08

Traditional Style Finish Carpenter Price c. $1,800.00 and Up Even though most of our houses are heated through the miracle of central heat, the fireplace is still the center of the home. And with such an important role as warming…


How to Build ARCHWAY-101 Part 6: Installing the Arched Casing

[This is part of my ARCHWAY-101 series.] Cutting the Flex Trim casing is not difficult, but it’s also not like cutting regular moldings. You have to take care to make sure your Flex Trim is lying flat on your miter…


How to Build ARCHWAY-101 Part 5: Installing the Flex Trim Legs

[This is part of my ARCHWAY-101 series.] Unroll and Relax Your Flex Trim will arrive all rolled up in cardboard boxes. Before you work with it you’ll need to bring it into the house, unroll it and let it relax…


How to Build ARCHWAY-101 Part 4: Keystone Materials & Layout

[This is part of my ARCHWAY-101 series.] I used these few simple layout techniques to find the exact spot where the Flex Trim needs to end. This allowed me to drop the keystone right in place after the I installed…


ARCHWAY-101 Part 3: How to Make the Pilaster Core

[This is part of my ARCHWAY-101 series.] Since this is the only surviving picture of this installation sequence, you’re going to have to use your imagination to fill in the sequences that have been lost to the digital sands of…


How to Build ARCHWAY-101 Part 2: Materials Inventory $594.26

[This is part of my ARCHWAY-101 series.] The moldings I used to make these pilasters you should be able to find at a local lumber yard that has a good molding & millwork department, or at a specialty molding retailer….

Molding & Millwork Inventory, Panel Molding Profiles


Astragal Profile You can use this classical molding profile as a collar on entablatures, pilasters, columns or newel posts. It also will serve you well as a panel molding for an ornate ceiling or wall. A few other profiles I…

Crown Molding Profiles, Molding & Millwork Inventory


Bed Molding A common molding profile used as part of larger architectural buildups. It was a popular element on Craftsman style entablatures and newel posts, but that’s just a start. In fact, you’ll find it on historic buildings as far…

Installation & Design Tips

A Room With a Blue. French c. 1760-70

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.} These ornate wall panels and ornaments were taken from a ch√Ęteau near Amiens, France, and then somehow found their way to the Detroit Institute of Arts and reassembled. I’m posting…