Introduction

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Whether restoring old houses or building new ones that look old, Tom Silva finds finish carpentry the most satisfying part of the job. For this project, Tom installed window trim that has reeded side and head casings, plain corner blocks, a thick stool, and a dainty apron, all of which he copied from the original trim. "People often put in a casing that's too small or a different style," Tom says, "but I think it adds to the feel and the value of a home to keep to its original character."

As with all finish carpentry, Tom says, successful installation begins with stable material - clear, kiln-dried wood or precast foam - and ends with precise measurements and cuts. The result is a seamless assembly with tight joints and no gaps between wall and casing. "Take your time, and always measure twice before you cut," says Tom.
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    Tools List

    • finish hammer
      20-ounce finish hammer
    • hand plane
      Hand plane,
      for trimming jamb extensions
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • router
      Router,
      for making stool profile
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander,
      or hand sanding block
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw,
      for notching stool and profiling apron
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nailer,
      for attaching casing
    • pencil compass
      Compass,
      for transferring marks and reveal lines
    • table saw
      Table saw,
      for cutting rabbet in bottom of stool
    • try square
      Square,
      for marking casing, stool, and apron
    • utility knife
      Utility knife or chisel,
      for trimming drywall and adjusting fit of stool
    • miter saw
      Miter saw,
      for crosscutting trim pieces to length
    • nailset
      Nail set (to recess heads of hand-driven nails
    • drill
      Drill with 1/16-inch-diameter bit,
      for making pilot holes before hand nailing

    Shopping List

    1. WOOD MOLDING

    2. CARPENTER'S GLUE

    3. PENCIL

    4. PAINT OR STAIN

    5. 120-GRIT SANDPAPER

    6. WOOD PUTTY

    7. 4D AND 8D FINISHING NAILS