Glossary

ARCHITRAVE

A timber moulding used to frame a doorway and conceal the junction of door lining and plaster.

BED MOULD

A decorative moulding surrounding the panel of a door, which is manufactured separately and applied to the junction of a panel and stile/rail/muntin. Does not project beyond the stile/rail/muntin depth.

BOLECTION MOULD

A projecting decorative moulding surrounding the panel of a door, which is manufactured separately and applied to the junction of a panel and overlaps the stile/rail/muntin. Projects beyond the stile/rail/muntin depth.

DADO RAIL

A timber moulding applied horizontally to walls, typically at around 900mm from floor level to protect the wall from chair backs. Also used simply for decoration.

GROUNDS

Usually constructed from softwood, these perform two roles; a guide for plasterers to finish to and the true and level “foundation” onto which architectural joinery is attached.

HAUNCHES

The untrimmed end of the stiles, often left projecting beyond the head and base rail to protect the corners from damage when stored prior to installation (need to be trimmed prior to installation).

MITRE

The superior method of joining two moulded elements of a door at right angles to each other, both are cut at exactly 45 degrees ensuring a perfect, seamless joint. This is best practice and the only method of joining employed by Atkey.

MUNTIN

The vertical component of a door, separating two panels.

PICTURE RAIL

A timber moulding, originating in the Victorian period, applied horizontally to walls to allow pictures to be suspended and infinitely moved without damage to the walls. Also used simply for decoration.

PLINTH BLOCK

A transitionary piece of timber often employed between architrave and skirting board whose size and shape is defined by the associated architrave and skirting board

RAIL

The horizontal component of a door, the base rail forms the bottom edge of a door, the lock rail contains the lock and handle, the head rail forms the top edge of the door and the frieze rail lies between the lock and head rail.

STUCK MOULD

A decorative moulding surrounding the panel of a door, which is milled from the solid material of a stile, rail or muntin. Does not project beyond the stile/rail/muntin depth.

SCRIBE

The method of joining two moulded elements of a door at right angles to each other, typically practiced in mass production, one of the elements is cut to allow it to sit on top of the other. This invariably produces an inferior joint, and is never employed by Atkey.

STILE

The vertical edge component of a door, the lock stile has the latch and handle, the hinge stile has the hinges let into it.