Hand Crafted Trim

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Project by Carbide posted 03-15-2013 06:56 PM 1603 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I decided to start on my foyer remodel. I started taking down the original old yellow pine trim and had every intention to strip it down and refinish it. But the problem I had was that it was originally put up with 3 inch finishing nails nailed into yellow pine wall studs. I ended up breaking too much of the trim to re-use it. So I decided to take my shot at building my own custom trim. My house was built in the 1920’s and I wanted to match that era and there was no trim cheap enough for me to buy that even came close. So I went to my local wood supplier and bought 300 feet of red oak at $1 per board foot. Pretty good price I know! I took it home and started planing and carving. I built a fluting jig to cut the stopped flutes. I would say the most complicated part of the trim to make was the crown moulding since the pieces were 12’ long. Too much to handle at once. But everything came out as planned and I’m pretty proud of how it all turned out. I couldn’t have come anywhere close to this at a big box store for $300.00!!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 09:26 PM

I would be proud of that trim too. Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 05:10 PM

WOW!! you have done a spectacular job on this trim … and in red oak … yowza.
I can see why you said that you are proud of this.
For my taste I would have toned back the gloss abit, but this isn’t my house now is it?
Outstanding job, and of course this was a weekend project … ;-)

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 05:27 PM

Outstanding job on that

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 07:04 PM

Grumpymike, the reason I used such high gloss is that it matches the finish I used on the floor. Actually high gloss finish hides dust much more than the satin finishes. My floors could be loaded with dust but with such reflection it is hard to notice.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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