Rustic window trim with hand beveled pine boards, squared ends, honey tone stain and black lag screws

Rustic window trim with hand beveled pine boards, squared ends, honey tone stain and black lag screws


Simple pine trim with angled ends on the header casing

Simple pine trim with angled ends on the header casing


Rustic western door casing with ‘clipped corners’

Rustic western door casing with ‘clipped corners’


Rustic trim with double beveled edges

Rustic trim with double beveled edges


Wavy wood door and window trim

Wavy wood door and window trim


We’ve recently explored rustic furniture 1 and 2, pallet craft, wood flooring, wood ceilings 1 and 2, box beams, and wood cladding 1 and 2. There’s also a blog post on Wood Siding on Earthbag Houses. This seems like a good time to look at some low cost alternatives to manufactured trim. The main idea is to use local and sustainable materials, and do-it-yourself to slash costs so you can build mortgage free. This includes making your own simple trim from reclaimed wood, pallets, naturally curved wood from a forest, and wood milled with a bandsaw mill.

Do an online search for wood trim or door casing and compare with the examples shown here. Most trim nowadays – to my eye, anyway – looks either lifeless, bland or pretentious. Most factory made trim has become a mass, machine-produced object that is devoid of human feeling. In fact, a lot of trim is now made with MDF (wood fibers glued together), plastic or veneer. The examples shown above, in contrast, have a certain flair and honest, craftsman style even though they’re all quite simple.

Image source: DIY Diva
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Image source: Southwest Decorating.com
Image source: Grand River Supply.com
Image source: Secora’s Deadwood Creations


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