PRO: David Logan, owner, Period Woodworking Co., Winchester, Va.
SECRET: Add plinth blocks to the base of your door casings. These ornamental wood trim blocks, installed where side casings bite into baseboard moldings, are thrifty, yet provide architectural style and give weight to your door openings, says Logan. Regardless of the profile you choose, be sure that the plinth block is about ¼ inch wider than the casing and 1 inch taller than your baseboard. It should also stand proud of the baseboard and shoe molding that skirt it. For a simple DIY plinth made of poplar, use a plane to create a slight taper from the center of the block's face to the door.