Finish carpentry

After getting a substantial background in framing I learned finish carpentry. Finish carpentry usually refers to all the wood work that is visible at the end of the job. Finish or trim carpentry includes: installing doors, door casing, door hardware, window sills, window casing, crown molding, baseboards, closet shelves. It may also include cabinets, book shelves, wains-coat, chair rail and other moldings.

Typically finish work is divided into two degrees of finish; stain grade and paint grade. Stain grade is a higher degree of finish because there is little or no putty used to cover errors and what you see after the carpenter is done is what you will see forever. Paint grade is a lesser degree of finish because paint will cover putty and so putty can be used to cover the carpenter’s imperfect work. BTW if you are a perfectionist you should stay out of the carpenter trade! Nothing in the building trade is actually “perfect” we just strive for the appearance of perfection.

paint grade crown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplace mantle

This mantle created using a build up technique rather than installing a factory built mantle. We use stock moldings lain upon each other.

Finished attic

 

 

 

 

 

Sample of custom shelving and stain grade moldings.

  1. April 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Nice combination of stain-grade and paint-grade moldings.

    There is a modern design myth out there that says you shouldn’t combine the two. But the finest examples of twentieth-century architectural design does indeed combine painted and stained moldings.

    Nice work.

    Cheers,
    TDH

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