Adding the Trim

The front and sides of the surround are trimmed with 3-1/2-inch-wide fluted wood molding (L). Rather than mitering the trim, I angled the corners using small corner stops (M). These are pieces 1 inch wide, 3-1/2 inches long, and 1/4 inch thick that I cut from scrap lumber. You can miter your trim or use the stops, whichever you prefer.

  1. Measure and cut three pieces of fluted trim: one for the front, and one for each of the sides. The exact length will vary depending upon whether or not you wish to miter your corners.
  2. If you want to miter the corners, stand the trim pieces on edge, and miter both ends at a 45-degree angle.
  3. Nail and glue the three trim pieces to the front and sides of the frame. Use glue and 2-penny finishing nails placed about every 6 inches.
  4. If you did not miter the trim pieces, cut two corner stops (M) from scrap treated lumber, each measuring 1 inch wide, 3-1/2 inches long, and 1/4 inch thick. Use glue and 2-penny finishing nails to attach the pieces to the two front corners. Be sure to drill pilot holes before nailing into these small pieces.
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