For the last six or seven years, I’ve included some type of architectural trim presentation during my Finish Carpentry Clinics at Katz Roadshow events. For most of that time, I’ve built a fancy pediment with raking molding joined by a transition piece—a Greek Revival design common throughout the country. You can read more about that pediment in “Greek Revival and Italianate Trim.”
But for the last few years, I‘ve built a much simpler, ‘classical‘ head so that I could focus on specific techniques that are critical components of production carpentry.
I don‘t think production carpentry is a negative or pejorative phrase. On the contrary, learning to work efficiently while simultaneously improving the quality of your work is a good thing. In the process, you learn more about the work you do, which provides more opportunity for growth in your trade and improves your ability to handle more challenging tasks.
The Victorian window head I use at many Roadshows today is not a pediment. It‘s a classical straight entablature.
In this ‘classical‘ head presentation, I focus on two primary fundamentals of trim carpentry: how to identify inside and outside corner miters by short points and long points, and how to move your material in only one direction at your saw while cutting running molding (baseboard, crown molding, and chair rail).