The Moldings of Independence Hall’s Assembly Room

Georgian/American Colonial Style, 1753 Photos courtesy of Greg Roth. Rather than me blathering on about the beautiful wall panels, pilasters with ionic capitals, pediments over the doors and Windsor chairs (I really love Windsor chairs!) in the Assembly Room, I thought…

Pattern Book, PILASTERS

Delicate Fluted PILASTER-101

Traditional Style, 1754 Can you see it? Can you see the capital of a very small pilaster behind the coffee pot and supporting the figurehead? I didn’t even notice it until after I got home and was sorting through the…

Architectural Ornaments, Corbels, Molding & Millwork Inventory


Traditional Style After looking at many corbels used during the American Colonial and Federal architectural periods, I finally settled on this resin corbel for Greg’s fireplace mantel. It’s made by a company called Outwater Plastics, makers of all kinds of…


WINDOW TRIM-102 Part 2: Molding & Millwork Inventory

[This is part of my WINDOW TRIM-102 series.] Costs About $183.18 to Make With the exception of the resin corbels, you can buy all the moldings and mdf board to make a window surround like this at your local lumber…

Architectural Ornaments, Corbels, Molding & Millwork Inventory


Traditional Style Resin corbels like these are an excellent addition to the architectural details you design and install in your home. The detail resolution on this one in quite nice, even rivaling some plaster corbels. Just look at how nice…

Pattern Book, WINDOW TRIM

Make WINDOW TRIM-102 for c. $183.18 Part 1

Traditional Style The moment I laid my eyes on these tall windows, I knew exactly what kind of surround I wanted to build around them. And this corbeled entablature is the result. The design might look familiar to you if…



Traditional Style, 1913 Photos courtesy of Paul Castrilli. This tall wainscoting, located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the perfect thing to grace the walls of your great room. And even though it’s finished with…

Quick Tips

Quick Tip: Moving a Light Switch Away from Door Trim

[This is part of my How to Install Moldings series.] Step 1: Move the Electrical Box for c. $75.00 Nearly all light switches are positioned too close to the side of a door frame to allow me to install wide…


How to Install CROWN MOLDING-102 Part 6: Wrapping the Crowns

[This is part of my CROWN MOLDING-102 series.] In this post I’ll show you how I installed the last three moldings that complete this large crown molding buildup.