Craftsman-ish window casing

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Project by bensaw posted 12-09-2008 05:33 AM 64527 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We moved into our house about 2 years ago. The back den was a horribly cold and dark area which I used to house the lawn mower for the first few months we lived here. We decided to remodel the back den and hired a guy who gave us a really lowball offer. After about a month of incessant coffee breaks and cell phone calls while his elderly father in-law actually did the work, we started to doubt the guy’s ability. When he didn’t show up for a week we fired him and I took over the project.

He had installed our new window which was actually three windows joined together in one unit. He did a very poor job of framing it out and starting on the casing, apron, etc. My wife had just wanted one thing out of the room and that was a nice craftsman style casing around the window. So I removed most of his bad work and surprised myself by producing the project you see above.

It was a great first project….(any project which allows me to buy a new table saw and router is a great project!!) I took many trips to the lumber yard to find materials. Most of it is 1 inch white pine. The apron on the bottom is actually faked out…it’s just a piece of molding because I cut the stool a bit too shallow. That’s why you see that thin banding under the stool…it’s hiding the fact that the apron is rounded on both edges. :-)

The header on top was assembled on the ground….it’s a 10 foot 1×10 with crown molding glued and nailed along the top and a thin 1 inch wide strip of molding glued and nailed to the bottom. Then it was lifted into place on top of the stiles.

I really wish the pieces were all completely flush and that I could have gotten the stool to actually be level…things that only I will ever notice, I’m sure.

The whole thing was coated in one coat of polyeurethane….in these pictures it is raw.

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 06:39 AM


It looks good to me! Any project that gets you 2 major tools has got to be a great project!


-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 02:53 PM

You did a very good job, and you are right, only you will know where the flaws are unless you tell others.
DAHIKT (don’t ask how I know that)

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 04:30 PM

If my wife sees this I’m sunk.
You did a superb job!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 02:41 PM

Beautiful! – A very cleaver use of the window design. I always admire someones ability to create a look that flows as well as your design. But be warned…it always starts out with a little table saw & router…;) Very nice work!, I look forward to seeing your next project.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 02:55 PM

very well done, looks fantastic

You might kick yourself for not finishing the drywall, mudding, sanding and painting before trim applications as doing this before you trimmed the window is easy but now…........a PITA

that said…...............window looks great

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 12-27-2008 05:37 PM

Really nice work. I’d like to do the same thing in my kitchen.

Are the top header and side casings same dimensions? Or, is the top header slighly larger to compensate for the amount that the crown molding will cover up? Thanks

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 06:26 AM

The top casing is indeed a wider piece. For the side casing I actually found a molding at my local lumberyard with both edges already rounded….saved some time and the thinner profile looked a little better than a 1 inch piece of stock.

Let me measure for you…
The side casings measure about 4.25 inch width
The top is a piece of 1 inch which is 5.75 inches…the crown molding is attached to the face with tapered support blocks glued behind it.


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#8 posted 01-05-2009 12:01 AM

Thanks for the response and details that you provided. It was very helpful. I wasn’t able to find that much in the ways of dimensions and so forth online so it’s really much appreciated.

Well, I’ve completed my project and will upload a couple of pics soon. I look forward to receiving some feedback as this is my first attempt at craftsman style trim.

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 08:15 PM

On a random search of Craftsman casing, your project appeared. YOURS is the crown/cap molding I have been searching for for weeks! Please tell me where you got yours, and I will be forever grateful.

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 09:11 AM

Hmm. Are you speaking of the crown molding? If so, it may have been Crafty Beaver or Home Depot. Can’t quite remember, twas a long time ago. :-)

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 06:34 PM

Thank you so much for the information, bensaw. My Home Depot does not have it. And – as much as I want this – I don’t think I’ll be driving to Illinois from Rhode Island to check out Crafty. : ) The search goes on. Thank you so much!

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#12 posted 02-29-2012 07:16 PM

Nice looking casing. That would make me nervous having such nice woodwork on walls that still needed texture and paint!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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