How to Make Butted Door Casings in 4 Steps How to Make Butted Door Casings in 4 Steps

What You'll Need
Joint Compress
Flat Stock Trim
Measuring Tape

Butted door casings are often the most popular types of door casings. Many people prefer these types of door casings because they are the easiest to do. This means that if you are redecorating your home and are not very skilled or experienced in door casings then using butted door casings is probably going to be the best way to do things. You can rest assured knowing that you will be able to get the job done right without having to worry about the job being too difficult.

Step 1 – Measure Doors

The first thing that you are going to have to do is get your doors measured. This is something that is going to be very important so that you will know for sure that you get the right size door casings. This is why it is a good idea for you to make sure that you measure them more than once and write down the accurate figures. Take them to the store with you whenever you get the supplies.

Step 2 – Shave Wood

If you don’t want to worry about having mitered corners, then you will need to have your butted casings. In order to do this, you will have to get the wood shaved very slightly at each of the ends. In order to do this properly, you will have to create a little bit of pressure so that it can be made flush all around it. The right tools for this step will be either a hammer or a joint compress. This will allow for a smoother and simpler look that you need with a butted casing.

Step 3 – Butt and Pass Method

You will have to make yourself familiar with the butt and pass method. What this is is when you have your butted joints that are between the bottom and top pieces along with the side pieces. It is when you have this particular kind of joint where you will not have any type of openings. The type of weather as well as the humidity will not affect it like it will with miter joints. This is a common problem that a lot of people that have miter joints have to worry about. This is why butted casings are so much more popular among home owners.

Step 4 – Head Trim

You are going to need to make sure that when it comes time to install your casings that you install the head trim first. This will make the entire project a lot easier for you as it will set the layout for the rest of the pieces that you put around your door. Whenever you are installing them, mark up both sides of your extension jamb about ¼ inch from your inside edges. This allows you to get it lined up properly before it is nailed. You will also need to put your mark at the end of the head trims. 

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