Craftsman-style wood paneling is one of the easiest types to install because the stiles and rails have no sticking profile: They're cut square, which means you don't need cope-and-stick router or shaper bits. And with square-cut stiles and rails, there's no need for fancy panel molding either. The trick is to preassemble all the stile-and-rail sections and install the panels before fastening anything to the walls or columns.

We recently finished a job where we wrapped structural columns with a frame-and-panel treatment. The columns supported angled arches, which continued the paneled treatment. Fortunately, the owner wanted a collar of crown molding near the top of each column, which provided a good way to hide the joint between the column panels and the angled...

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