WORKING WITH DECORATIVE WOOD
Never expose unfinished millwork to moisture, long periods of direct
sunlight or heat source. All unfinished products are shipped machined,
ready for finish sanding as desired. You must seal all sides of each
piece before exterior installation. This will ensure maximum protection.
Primed pieces should be lightly sanded before top coat is applied.
1. Measure and Mark: It is a good idea to measure and
mark where you want to mount decorative trim prior to fastening. All
that is needed is a tape measure, pencil and masking tape. Use
the masking tape as a visual indicator to guarantee that the pattern
will be mounted exactly were you want it.
2. Miter Cutting: A miter box and a miter
saw are required to cut molding accurately. 45 degree cuts are required
when making most corner joints.
3. Gluing and Nailing: Any woodworking glue
can be used to fasten trim. Simply apply glue to the trim. Mount the
trim in place, and for extra support; insert a few fine finishing nails.
Because most of our moldings are made of soft textured hardwoods they
can be nailed without splitting. For a professional look, apply putty
over the nail holes and remove any excess glue prior to finishing.
4. Finishing: Most of our products are made
with genuine wood, so any paint, varnish or stain will give excellent
results. The color of the finish may match or contrast. Obtain special
effects with highlighting and antiquing. Finishing can be done before or
after application. With exterior a wood preserver or sealer must be used
front and back, as the pieces are not recommended for use in areas
exposed to severe weather conditions.
5. Cutting And Combining Ornaments:
Ornaments may be split in half and used in many exciting ways. For
example, as a molding trim under table tops, in the center of all
plaques, or any way you wish.