New holes have
been drilled into the aluminum saw fence to accept drywall screws
which hold the auxillary fence on the saw. Four 2 inch x #6 drywall
screws are run through the aluminum and out through the face of
the baltic birch, then snapped off with a fast whack of a hammer.
The extension wings are screwed from the front to back and I usually
don't bother snapping them off.
the trim men will do their magic". Ever hear that phrase?
That happens only when the stock is top notch. Otherwise, you
have to shut off the lights, turn on a candle and put “Mr.
Magic” himself -Grover Washington-on the stereo. Then get
your check before the lights come back on.
prefer supplying the material myself. I get mine from a small
shop which does absolutely nothing but mill trim. They use a computer
controlled molder in a humidity controlled building and produce
identical moldings from one run to the next, all with the same
moisture content. That way, the cut man can cut parts, rather
than culling out chatter, knots, cups, twists, warps and crooks.
The consistent moisture content insures that he can join miters
cut from different pieces of trim knowing that the details will
match precisely. Houses simply do not have enough closets for
poor quality trim stock. And even if they did, the head scratching,
ineffiency and stress involved would eliminate hope for anything
but a comfortable room in the ulcer ward.
Now that we have
our top quality trim, the trick is to insure it stays that way
prior to installation. This means no storing of materials in garages
or unheated/airconditioned areas of the house. If the house isn't
ready to accept trim, there is no reason for it to be sitting
on the job during drywalling or latex priming of walls and ceilings.
If so, the ends of the stock will be picking up moisture faster
than the middles, consequently swelling more in width than the
middles. Then none of the miters, in order to mate, can be cut
near the ends of the material.