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Old 04-22-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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What types of wood, trim and materials will be needed to finish a window after the drywall is hung? Hope I framed it right.

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Need some pics Nate.
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Sorry. I guess I just assumed there was one common way to do it. What was I thinking?

I leveled the 2x4's with the top most lip on the outer edge of the window, so whatever I use to finish it will but right up against the window.

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You can do it a few ways. If you want to use molding around the window or not.
If you like the molding route, you can either frame it like a picture or install a sill and apron on the bottom and trim out the other 3 sides with the moldings of your choice. You can use 2 1/4" wide molding up to 6". You can use a single molding or add a back banding to it.
I'd search for window trimming and look at the various pictures or you can just match what you have in the rest of the house.
Matching the rest of the house is the norm.
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Lots of ways to trim a window.....







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Along with what Ron said, do any wiring, insulate and drywall. Then measure and cut some jamb extensions which will but up against your windows and be flush with the drywall. Decide if you want a sill or not and pick out your trim. One suggestion I would make is to visit either a local lumberyard or a millshop that carries decent trim. Forget the big box stores for this part.
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Lots of ways to trim a window.....
i had a pretty good idea of how to do it. I just wasn't sure what types of wood to use, proper nailing techniques, and things like that.

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Along with what Ron said, do any wiring, insulate and drywall. Then measure and cut some jamb extensions which will but up against your windows and be flush with the drywall. Decide if you want a sill or not and pick out your trim. One suggestion I would make is to visit either a local lumberyard or a millshop that carries decent trim. Forget the big box stores for this part.
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So it's jamb extensions I'm looking for. I think it could get as deep as 7 ". Will I have a problem finding it that deep?

Thanks for the replies. I think I got it now.
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I'm not sure why you need anywhere close to 7" extensions from what I see. I would print out one of those pictures or one standing back. Take it to a lumber yard, they can point you to all kinds of trim and the nails.
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The window is against a 2x4. That's 3 5/8". Add to that the wall material, say 1/2" sheetrock and you're at 4 1/8". All you need is a 1x5 or 1x6, ripped to width.
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Well, it seems I thought the jamb extension would go as deep as it had to until it hit the window, which is why I said 7". And I just measured, and after the drywall it actually goes as deep as 8". Is this going to be possible or am i going to have to reframe around the window (wider)? I'm sure it's going to be easy to just say to reframe, since it's just some random guy on an internet forum, but I'd like to hear any possibilities.

Oh. And I don't have a table saw. Another problem? Ugh....
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A smaller, less expensive 7" table saw will do what you need to do for about $50.00.

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Cool. i'll look them up.
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I think I'm going to end up spending closer to $200.

So is an 8" deep sill going to be ok?

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Sure! Plenty of room for the cat to sit in the window that way.
....or a plant?

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Sure! Plenty of room for the cat to sit in the window that way.
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