Wood moldings are the trim that is installed alongside the margins of ceilings, floors, doors and windows hiding the seams between different sections of the room and different materials. Even though is it used to conceal the seams, it can also be used as decoration, with an extensive range of styles and profiles to choose from. Whatever style you select, the tricky part is going to be cutting the corners properly. If you do not have much experience, practice by cutting some miters before you use the technique on your wood moldings. In this article, we will talk about how you can cut and install wood moldings correctly.
First of all, measure the wall, at the floor, from the corner outward. Transfer these dimensions onto the wood moldings. Mark the location on the top edge of the wood moldings. Next, place the wood moldings on your miter saw platform, positioning it on its bottom edge in such a manner that it is oriented in the same way that it will be installed onto the wall. Adjust the molding with the intention that your mark is directly under the blade of the miter saw.
Turn the blade around to a 45 degree angle pointing outward from the mark for the outside corners and turn the blade around to the 45 degrees angle pointing towards the inside for the inside corners. Using the saw, make the cut, holding the wood moldings firmly with your free hand. Cut the wood moldings in one smooth, swift motion, bringing the blade all the way through the wood moldings.
Repeat the steps for the other pieces of wood moldings that will be installed on the other side of the corner. Cut it from the opposite end in the same manner as you did the first one, and place the wood moldings on the opposite side of the miter saw blade as you did earlier. Adjust the blade in order to point it away from the wood moldings for the outside corners and towards the trim for the inside corners.
Set the two pieces of wood moldings on the wall, with the mitered cuts converging at the corner in order to make a 90 degree angle. Secure the wood moldings firmly to the wall using trim nails and a hammer. Do not drive the nails all the way in as this may damage the surface of the wood moldings and stop when the nail heads are just above the wood and then drill them slightly under the surface with the use of a nailset.
Wood trim molding and millwork allows you to cover up certain imperfections or flaws where the walls, ceilings and flooring come together. Installing wood trim molding in a room not only adds character and appeal to the room but also improves the value of the remodelling effort at a relatively affordable cost. If you are planning to install wood trim molding such as crown moulding or wood trim moulding in your room, the right time to stain the wood trim molding would be right before you cut if for installation. Wood trim molding is available in a number of different sizes of up to 14 feet or more and staining one long piece of wood trim molding has proven to be more effective than staining smaller pieces of wood trim molding. In the following paragraphs, we will talk about how you can stain wood trim molding before cutting it for installation.
In order to prepare wood trim molding strips for staining, you first need to sand them. This will allow you to get rid of the burnish that has been left behind from milling the wood trim molding and will help the wood to accept the stain better. Use a 100 grit sanding sponge for flat surfaces along with a sanding pad for curved areas. Fold a piece of the 100 grit sandpaper with the grit on the outside with the aim of sanding between the crevices and gaps.
Clean the dust from the wood trim molding strips with the help of a tack cloth. Vaccum the room and if possible, damp-mop the room with the purpose of doing away with any dust that may have been left behind. You need to ensure that there is a small amount or no exposure to dust at all when staining wood trim molding. Stir the stain using a paint-stirring stick. Be careful when distributing any solids that may settle down at the base of the can of stain to avoid the materialization of bubbles by stirring it in a slow and gentle manner.
Try and apply the stain on a small part of the wood trim molding. Time how long you need to leave the stain on in order to get the color you want. Apply a coat of stain along the entire length of the wood trim molding with the help of a paintbrush or rag. Let the stain set long enough to obtain the desired results and then mop up any excess stains off with a clean rag. Start swabbing down the stain on the same end where you first applied the stain so that the stain will be on the wood trim molding for the same duration.