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Interior Trim Work Basics || All the trim basics—start to finish—plus a clever way to get those miters tight

Interior trim work basics: All the trim basics, start to finish, plus a clever way to get miters tight

Interior trim work basics: All the trim basics, start to finish, plus a clever way to get miters tight

Make your own trim—cheap! Cut any profile When a job calls for painted trim, I almost always cut costs with MDF. Even inexpensive wood, like this poplar baseboard, costs four times as much. To make trim, I cut MDF sheets into strips and shape the edges with a router or router table. With the right bit, I can create just about any trim profile, simple or fancy. Some home centres carry ready-made MDF trim for less than the price of solid wood.

How to install new baseboard. Since we need to do a lot of this, I might as well pin it.

Installing Baseboards - How to Install Baseboard Molding - Carpentry, Woodworking, Finish & Trim. DIY Advice

Photo 5: Cut corresponding angle on top casing, leaving opposite side at least 1 in. overlong. Check miter at 2nd corner with test pieces, adjust - mark opposite corner on top casing, cut it.

DIY Tutorial: How to Install Window Trim.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

  • Sarah Hickok

    I showed my carpenter husband this, his response, "it's easier to use and angle gauge or carpenters bevel.