Craftsman Style window trim

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Project by Holbs posted 06-04-2017 11:57 PM 1258 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I originally had drywall returns around my window. Talk about bland and no personality. I decided to put my wood working machines & meek skills to work for the house, instead of continuing add another cart to my shop or this or that. I jumped into the plantation shutter realm of ideas. But before I conquer plantation shutters, I needed to upgrade this 5×5’ window trim from nothing to….something. My first time learning about window parts: jambs, frieze, casing, stool, apron, header, stops, etc.
It’s all Knotty Alder with selected boards with more “scars” and “knots” with added distressing via dragging of saw blade, unistrut threads, hammer dents, and knife lines. I looked around to find some “official” Craftsman style dimensions, some have coves and round over trims to add elegance, but I think this style of window trim was more … basic and less “eye candy” at the core, the opposite of the Victorian & French styles at the time. I grew up in my great grandmother’s house built in 1915 with Craftsman style trim and I do not remember much flair (as if I would of noticed when I was 10).
This was also the first time tackling any type of finishing. 2 coats of shellac, gel stained with Old Master’s Walnut, 3 coats of Miniwax oil polyurethane with my Summit HVLP unit. I learned alot just jumping into the finishing stuff and I realize I have much much more to learn. Very very lucky it came out the way it did. I’m happy with the results but yet realize it could of been a disaster. So bought Bob Flexner “understanding wood finishing” and subscribed to Chris Neil woodworking & finish so I can start to grow confident with my ongoing experience.
I have 10 more different sized window to accomplish, with the future addition of plantation shutters. Should keep me busy for a while.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 12:02 PM

Nice trim work!!


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#2 posted 06-05-2017 09:08 PM

Holbs, from what I can see, it looks good. It would show up better if you wait until after dark and take another pic with a flash.

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#3 posted 07-05-2017 09:01 PM

Dressed up that window nicely.

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