Quarter Round vs. Shoe Molding

shoe mold-vs-quarter round

This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Jeffrey. “What’s the difference between quarter round and shoe molding? Aren’t they the same?” Jeffrey, quarter round and shoe molding are like kissing cousins. They’re are almost identical. They can be used interchangeably in some cases but they have their own specific uses as well. Quarter round is exactly as its name implies, one quarter of a round dowel. A 90° angel on the backside with a perfect quarter radius […] Read on →

What is a Bullseye Rosette?

Bullseye Rosette

This week’s Ask the Craftsman Question comes from Jasper. “What is a Bullseye Casing?” Jasper, a bullseye casing or a bullseye rosette is the item pictured here. Rosettes were historically a very popular way to dress up door and window casings. They also made installing interior casing much easier by eliminating mitred cuts. The head casing and side casings would simply intersect the rosette in a butt joint which simplified the process. There have been many different styles […] Read on →

How To: Cope & Install Trim Like a Pro

How To Cope & Install Trim

Installing trim properly requires an eye for detail and a few specific tools and techniques. The best historic trim and moldings were installed in a seamless way called “coping” that hides joints while still allowing for the house to move and settle with the decades. A coped joint is a big part of the installation and I’ll show you how to achieve this joint and give you a few other tips to help your trim installation go perfectly. […] Read on →

Historic Trim & Moldings

Molding and Trimwork

The trim installed in your home has gone through a lot of changes over the last couple centuries. On the simple frontier homes of early colonial America there wasn’t much need for the fanciful trim and moldings present in European homes at the time. It was a wild country and the focus was on survival. But as the country matured so did its stylistic tastes in molding. Why Moldings? Moldings came about because they both simplify the process […] Read on →