How to cut Architraves

How To Cut Architraves To Achieve That Perfect Fit

An architrave is a beam that rests on top of architectural columns. The most prominent of which can be seen in ancient structures. However, you can install one at home as well. But in the event that yours need restoration, here’s how you can remove and fix the architrave on your door frames.

Installing a new architrave

Architraves are used to beautify the edges that unite the wall and the door. Meanwhile, skirtings are for the joints between the floor and the wall. Likewise, the intersection of the wall and the ceiling is covered with coving.

To install a new architrave, you must cut the top corners first so that they fit tightly. While a perfect stack on a right angle is the most common form, such is not the case if the door frame is leaning over. No matter how beautiful the architrave is, it is deemed useless if it doesn’t follow the angle needed for your door. After working the angles, add a skirting to make your doorway look elegant.

Types of common architraves

Also known as mouldings, simple architraves come in two forms: Chamfered and Bull-nosed. The chamfered type tends to be sloped while the bull-nose is flat.

The latter must be cut thick enough to be installed to the doorframe using 30mm panel pins. Therefore, a portion of the architrave must overlap with the frame so that the pins can be hammered in. Use a small pin hammer to drive the pins in without damaging them.

How to get mitred joints

If the frame is slightly off-square, the architrave can be adjusted so that it suits a slight variation. The goal is to fix the moulded edge towards the front part of the door but separated from the inner panel by about six millimetres. You can measure the frame from the floor as well as the door itself to get precise scales. To get the perfect angle, place the architrave’s length on a mitre saw and make the cut.

After trimming both uprights, attach them with the door but without fulling hammering the panel pins in. Then, measure the top section and cut the excess before banging the pins through. You can move the side pieces to get the ideal mitred joint. Once you are with the fit, pin all the sections using a nail punch. After driving the pinheads, fill the holes with decorators caulk especially if the architrave is mounted slightly off the wall.

Sand down the filled joint to prepare them for painting. You may add skirting boards after the primer and the main coating have been applied. Be wary that fillers must be sanded to make them look neat. This means that it is better to stuff the joint with more fillers because they tend to shrink back.

Polishing skirted joints

Sand down the filled joint to prepare them for painting. You may add skirting boards after the primer and the main coating have been applied. Be wary that fillers must be sanded to make them look neat. This means that it is better to stuff the joint with more fillers because they tend to shrink back.

Removing architraves

Give your home a fresh look by installing a new architrave. You can remove an existing one by driving a chisel between the frame and the front edge. Pry the chisel gently and repeat until the architrave is separated from the door frame. If you are unsure what to do, hire a skilled worker to perform the task for you.

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