Trim Carpentry

Our experts will help you master installing trim, crown molding, and baseboard with these articles, and tips.

How to Install Craftsman Trim

If you want to spruce up a dull room, or if you simply love the Craftsman style, roll up your sleeves. This article is for you. Simplicity is the hallmark of Craftsman-style trim. And that's what makes it the perfect trim project for every DIYer, even if you have limited carpentry experience. There are no fancy shapes or store-bought moldings—just square edged pieces of trim that are easy to make and assemble. Although each molding is simple, the combined effect gives the room a distinctive, handcrafted look.

Trim Carpentry projects

  • Top Trim Carpentry Tools

    Pro-quality finish work is a lot easier with the right tools—and they don't have to be expensive. Check out a master carpenter's list of…

  • Shortcuts for Trim Carpenters

    Learn better ways to cut and install casing, baseboard and crown molding, tricks for hanging doors and avoiding bad transitions, and other…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Tips for Working with PVC Trim

    Treat it right and PVC trim will last forever. Use these tips for installing PVC trim the right way.

  • Finish Carpentry Tips

    Uneven walls, floors and corners are common problems in finish carpentry. These tips from veteran carpenters will show you time-tested…

  • Cutting and Installing Plastic Trim

    PVC trim looks and cuts like wood and it lasts forever, but there are a few special installation techniques you need to know about to install it…

  • How to Remove Wood Trim

    How to remove trim, moldings and other woodwork without damaging the wall or cracking the wood. Quick and easy techniques.

  • Simple Window Trim and Door Trim

    Tradition window and door trim looks more complicated than picture-framed trim, but it's actually simpler and more forgiving. It also hides…

  • How to Cope Baseboard Trim with a Miter Saw

    Coped joints for baseboard look great, but can be time-consuming. Instead of using a coping saw, learn to cope baseboard with a miter saw. It's…

  • How to Install Window Trim

    Most trim carpenters don't even use a tape to trim windows. It's all done by eye, with a sharp pencil, a miter saw and an 18-gauge nailer.…

  • Interior Trim Work Basics

    We show you how to make crisp, sharp corners and tight joints when installing door trim, window trim and a three-piece baseboard. With a few…