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Creating a Custom Molding Profile for an Exterior Door's Casing

Reference Number: KB-01144 Last Updated: 10-16-2014 11:24 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

How can I create a new ­molding for my exterior doors, apply it to a template plan so that I can use it every time I start a new plan, and add it to my library so that I can apply it to existing files?


ANSWER

Custom molding profiles can be created using the CAD tools that are available in the software and then added to your template or to the library for future use.


To create the molding profile

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and select File> New Plan .

    • Custom molding profiles can be drawn in either floor plan view or in a CAD detail window.


  2. Select CAD> Lines> Draw Line  from the menu. 

    • Draw a vertical line to form the back of the molding profile. 

      The back of the molding (the part that is against the wall) must be drawn vertically so that it forms the left side of the polyline.

    • In nearly all cases, this line's length should match the height of the profile you are creating for the door casing.


  3. Using the CAD tools, draw your molding profile, similar to the example below. 



    In order to be used as a molding profile, the polyline must be a closed shape.

    Moldings should always be drawn at their actual size. 



To add the molding profile to your Library Browser

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the closed polyline.


  2. With the profile highlighted selected, choose the Add to Library  edit button on the edit toolbar.

    • In X3, the molding profile will now be placed in the My Library category of your Library Browser.

    • In X2, the molding profile will now be placed in the Import category of your Library Browser.


  3. Your molding profile can now be renamed and placed into the appropriate folder that you have created for objects of this type in your User Catalog.



    •  Chief Architect X2 will have your custom libraries in the User Libraries folder.


If you would like to be able to have this molding applied to your exterior doors every time one is placed, you may want to consider adding it to your Default Settings for your default style template.

More information on templates can be found in the Related Articles section at the bottom of this page. 



To apply the molding to one of your style templates as the default for exterior doors

  1. Select File> Open Plan , browse to your style template's location on your computer, select the template to highlight it, and click on the Open button.


  2. Next, select Edit> Default Settings .


  3. Expand the Doors category, highlight Exterior Door, and click on the Edit button.


  4. In the Exterior Door Defaults, select the Casing panel.


  5. Make sure Use Exterior Casing has a checkmark, then click the Library button for the Exterior Casing Profile.


  6. Browse to your User Catalog folder, select the molding profile that you have created, and click OK.




  7. Make any other desired changes to the Exterior Door Defaults, then click OK to apply them.


  8. Select the Done button in the Default Settings dialog, then choose to Save  and Close  the template.


  9. Now, every time you start a new plan using that template style, your exterior doors will automatically use your custom molding profile.


To apply the molding to a single exterior door in an existing plan

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the Exterior Door in the plan and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.


  2. Select the Casing panel. Make sure Use Exterior Casing is checked then click the Library button for Casing Profile


  3. Browse to your User Catalog folder, select the molding profile that you have created, and click OK.


  4. Make any other desired changes to the Exterior Door, then click OK to apply them.


  5. Finally, take a 3D Camera  view to see the results.