Craftsman Style Door Trim Part 1
Let me show you how I made this Craftsman Style Door Trim for the basement. It is really easy!
With a new-found confidence in my carpentry skills I head to the basement to figure out what I can build on my own. While working on my basement ceiling I really needed a distraction, so with the scrap 1×4’s, 1×6’s and drip cap molding laying around I decided to fashion my own craftsman style door trim.
Materials I used~
- One 1x2x8′ board
- One 1x6x8′ board
- One Drip Cap Molding
- Two 1x4x8′ boards
Materials prior to cutting to size
Most door jambs installed by your builder will have a ⅛” reveal on each side of the casing and the top. Which turns out to be a very handy guide when lining up your new casing.
Cut your 1×4’s to the vertical length of the door, being sure to provide clearance for flooring plus 1/8″ to give your header an 1/8″ reveal as well. Grab your level and set next to your casing to be sure they are straight before nailing/stapling. Another thing to keep in mind, if you don’t leave the 1/8″ reveal, you will have a hard time putting your door knob hardware back on. The latch plate that affixes to the door jamb will not be able to screw in correctly if you haven’t left enough room between it and your casing.
Since this was my first time I went slow, I lined up my 1×4 level with that reveal line and marked on the wall with a pencil on the outside of the 1×4, I did the same on the other side. I took that width measurement to use to cut all the wood for the header. Keep in mind that measurement will vary from door to door since all the doors in your house are not the same size.
Next I cut the 1×6 to the width as above. Cut the 1x2x8 and drip cap molding down to the same measurement.
Once the adhesive is dry, add a few finishing nails to the bottom of the 1×2 into to the bottom of the 1×6 and the drip cap into the front of the 1×6 with 16 or 18 gauge nails. You don’t need to go crazy with the nails because it is already glued and you will be nailing to the wall.
I like to do finishing work prior to hanging, so I filled holes with wood filler, caulked at wood seams and painted with Glidden Door & Trim paint in Bright White.
In total we now have seven doorways sporting my craftsman style door trim. They add so much character to the room and they are homemade!
My husband talked me into creating a YouTube channel so I could demonstrate how my projects were made here is my first video
Then I paint the doors black and replace all of the hardware and hinges!
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