Craftsman Window Trim

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Project by Ken90712 posted 07-18-2013 10:32 PM 10184 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blondie and I have been doing construction on the front of the house for a cpl months now. We ripped out the driveway, front porch, old gate and part of the roof line. The last seven windows have been replaced. We all know once you start a project there are other things you must do at that time so you don’t have to come back later and risk messing up something just done. We actually paid someone to do some of the work, mostly the stamped concrete and roof extension.

We are big fans of Craftsman Style and I have always wanted to make this molding from scratch. I used just over 120Bf of Oak for the four new windows. I first made the window sills and then built the frame ( box ) using pocket screws which are hidden when inserted in the window opening. I then made the front panels and ran them through the router table with a beading bit. I made the header separate and then added cove molding to soften it up. I made the bottom apron the edges were softened up with a round over bit. I used standard Craftsman style sizes 3 1/2 inches wide, 1 ¼ ect.

I stained it with the Gunstock by Minwax. Blondie and I refinished the floor in the formal living room and dinning room a few weeks ago and used the same color. I sprayed the finish on the molding using General Finishes Enduro Var Semi Gloss with my Earlex 5500. The only thing left is fill a cpl of nail holes and install the blinds when they arrive.

Thx for looking and as always all comments welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 10:47 PM

Very nice work!

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 10:52 PM

I like the color’s. The window frame is fitted perfectly. You are lucky your wife likes colors, our rooms are all white (she says everything goes with white).

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 11:00 PM

Great job. I love that oak.

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 11:02 PM

I like it, Ken! I did the same thing a few years ago, but I still have more to go! It is lots of fun to put your own time into woodwork, It lets You put the wood just the way You want. The wood grain and the wood, itself can make tons of improvement into a window. The window shops that build the windows don’t do that, but You can, and It looks Great!

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 11:05 PM

I love it. That looks sooooo nice.
Maybe someday…...


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#6 posted 07-18-2013 11:21 PM

Fantastic! Perfect joinery!!

Not to hijack your thread but how’s this for coincidence?

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 11:56 PM

Very nice work, Ken!


Thank you.

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 12:31 AM

Well Done

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#9 posted 07-19-2013 02:26 AM

Very nicely done!

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 02:51 AM

Craftsman looks so much better than the mitered crap. I grew up in a Craftsman bungalo with nice quality trim, floors, mantle and original light fixtures so I guess I kind of lean that way.

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 02:54 AM

My own home has similar trim…

Oddly enough, it’s easier to build this stuff than to picture frame a window, with no sill and four miters!

Lookin’ good!

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#12 posted 07-19-2013 03:01 AM

I totally agree it’s all straight cuts.

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#13 posted 07-19-2013 07:47 AM

Nice Ken much nicer than available mouldings
It is the detail that makes it so nice


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#14 posted 07-19-2013 08:54 AM

Thx so much for all the kind comments. Its always an honor to share things with the people I care and respect here on Lumberjocks.

Lew too funny My Dad made this for me and Blondie back in 1994 as wedding present. All 3 of his children reieved one. My Grandfather started the tradition with his children. It was a kit they bought and we love it…

Thx everyone…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 07-19-2013 11:01 AM

Beautiful window trim, did you use a nail gun to install it?

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