Installing Wainscoting

By Robert Robillard

Designing With Wainscoting Trim Probably one of my favorite finish carpentry activities is installing wainscoting.   An even better activity is to make raised panel wainscoting in the shop and later install it onsite. Wainscoting is a broad term referring to trim that is added to the bottom quarter of the wall. The type of material…

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Apply Bead Board And Mantle To A Brick Fireplace

By Robert Robillard

Applying Bead Board to a Brick Fireplace A customer of mine had a large timber for a fireplace shelf and wanted something a little more traditional by apply bead board and mantle to a brick fireplace. Se saw a photo in a country Living of a tongue and groove back wall and fireplace mantle that…

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1890 Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Recycled Mantle Some of you may remember an earlier post where I had rescued an 1890 Fireplace Mantle from the dumpster. The mantle is circa 1890 [click on photo below] and was built by the famous mantel maker Irvine & Casson, 150 Boylston Street Boston, Ma. [click on photo to enlarge] I recently found a…

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Closet Door Upgrade

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Bi-fold Doors With A Double  Doors BEFORE: AFTER: A customer recently asked me to remove a double bi-fold door and come up with a better alternative for their entry hall way closet.  This area was in need of a closet door upgrade. Seems that the bi-fold doors always fell off it’s track and were…

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