A molding is considered the easiest "finishing touch" you could apply to your woodwork. With the proper power tools, you can create your unique designs or make any of the many different versions. Of course, you may buy ready-made moldings at the lumber yard. They are also sold in stores wherein you can choose from dozens of various patterns. Some moldings come already finished in common stains or varnishes.
Moldings are the popularly used to frame items but they're also applied as a completion edging on a plywood top, a tray, or whatever plain border. They can be usedto increase the size of a contour or to conceal a join or a flaw. On a big surface area, they can be applied to create the effect of a smaller board, perhaps coordinating with the shape of a window or a door, or in a diamond or an octagonal shape. It can also function as a finishing touch on the crown of a cabinet, column, or on as a base. Moldings serve mainly for decorative purposes. To hold these on thin wood panels, backing cleats can initially be screwed to the base part, next, the molding is secured to the cleats with screws from the inner part. Moldings can also used to keep windows and screen doors in position. The same goes for panel moldings on doors, drawer fronts, and such. However you use the moldings, it is recommended to apply some sealant or paint on the area under the molding to prevent warping or decay.
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