How To: Make a Wood Window Valance

To hide the hardware for your window treatments, imparting an elegant finishing detail in the process, why not make a valance in your woodworking shop?

A decorative wood valance adds charm to your house. You can make one yourself. Here’s how. Copy a pattern, or create your own using rigid cardboard, and carefully cut it out using a sharp utility knife. Then transfer the template onto a piece of clear, finished lumber, leaving a quarter-inch extra along the edge. Now cut out your design with a saber saw and smooth off the rough edges with a file and a sander.

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