Money-Saving Molding Tips

Printer-friendly versionSend by email

The Hardwood Council offers four techniques that can help builders and architects make budget without sacrificing style.

December 01, 2002

 

Stacking three standard profiles creates a custom look at stock prices.

The Hardwood Council offers four techniques that can help builders and architects make budget without sacrificing style.

Stack: Stock molding profiles can be combined to create anything from simple chair rails to elaborate crown moldings with a custom look.

Stain: A lighter-colored, close-grain hardwood such as poplar or basswood can be stained to resemble darker, more expensive species. This works especially well in applications above eye level.

Paint: For woodwork that will be painted, a lower grade of lumber can be used. FAS, or firsts and seconds, are the more desired grades; they indicate that the boards are long, wide and defect-free. Intermediate or common grades might show knots or other "imperfections" and are less expensive. For a rustic look or to add character, some clients might prefer to stain and show off these grades.

Specify indigenous species: Hardwood species that grow in the area where they are to be used might be less expensive because of their relative abundance. For details on species and their origins, hardness, uses, stains and availability, visit the Hardwood Information Center at www.hardwoodinfo.org.

Comments on: "Money-Saving Molding Tips"

Products

In the past 12 months, building product manufacturers introduced a vast number of new products, many of which were featured in the pages of Professional Builder.

Features

Builders, designers, and architects weigh in on what they value in relationships with suppliers and which attributes would make them consider trying a new product.

Email Subscriptions