Step 1: Mark the Molding Lengths

marking a piece of trim for a side table
Photo: Allison Chin
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Hold a length of molding up to your table, and mark it to the width of the apron. Use that measurement to mark the other lengths of molding until you've marked enough pieces to cover the apron.
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    Tools List

    • hand miter saw
      Hand miter saw (for making straight cuts)
    • stop block
      Stop block (so that you can easily cut pieces to the same size)
    • paintbrush
      Paint brush (if painting the table)

    Shopping List

    Thin strips of decorative molding in profiles of your choice; decorative options, such as egg-and-dart, bead, and rope molding, work especially well.

    Wood glue

    Rags

    Wood stain or primer and latex paint in the color of your choice