+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    3

    Default thicker and wider baseboard molding

    We just put in hardwood where carpet, tile and vinyl were once installed and I removed all the baseboard moldings before putting in the hardwood. Now the problem is that in some rooms (like where the tile was) the standard 4.5" base molding like the one I removed falls below the original installation. In other rooms, even though it is the same or higher, there are quite a few spots where the drywall paper ripped when removing it.

    Also, I want to avoid using base shoe molding for a cleaner look, so I am looking for something thicker than the usual 15/32 or 9/16 inch think molding you can get a home depot. The idea is to cover the ends of the hardwood without leaving any gaps and without using quater-round or shoe molding.

    Finally, even though the house is a colonial, we want something simple without a lot of details.

    Does anyone have any ideas on where to get wider and thicker base molding. We live in Maryland, but I am open to mail order too.

    Thanks for your help.
    Sunil

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Fayette County, Ohio
    Posts
    5,558

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    You might consider this-
    Nail up or inch by 5" plywood, then install standard 1 X 6 over plywood, then add a cap.

    All can be purchased at any limber yard including HD. You can even buy the cap with a rounded edge.
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    5,089

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    Good idea, nice and easy to do.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    1,101

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    An easier solution would be to just use the 1X6 baseboards with a base-cap molding on top- that's 3/4 inch all by itself and no filler behind it is needed Most of the fine homes I trim do something like this from the start. It fits well with the Colonial style and is traditional in most older homes.I too like the look of not using shoe molding- that's a far cleaner look to me Besides, it never covers gaps where it ends at door frames unless the flooring was run far enough under the casing which often it is not. Repair the drywall first where the paper was torn, and next time use a utility knife to cut the caulking wherever you remove moldings to prevent that from happening

    Phil
    Last edited by Mastercarpentry; 01-14-2012 at 05:44 AM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    3

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    Thank you for the suggestion. I will look for the 1x6 w/ basecap.

    BTW, I did use a utility knife to remove the old moldings But, despite my best efforts there were still some places that tore up... plus it doesn't help to have an inattentive 15 year old helping who doesn't stop Having said that, I'm happy to repair the tears he caused because I could not have done the whole reno without him!

    Sunil

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    3

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    I should have checked before posting my last post, but I can't find "1X6 baseboards with a base-cap molding on top- that's 3/4 inch all by itself" except in cabinet maker lines... and that stuff is like $10 a foot! Can you point me to a place that carries pre-primed pine base that is 3/4 inch thick?
    Thanks
    Sunil

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    Phil,

    Thanks for the idea. I have been pondering the solution to that same problem in my 100 year old house remodel. I preserved the old mop board trim, but it needs to be cut down from 7" and also needs to extend out farther from the new walls now that the old plaster and lathe has been replaced with drywall. Your idea of using a 1 x 6 should work perfectly for the same reasons you mentioned. I am wondering what kind of base-cap molding you would recommend for the 1 x 6. I plan to use a Freud molding bit with either pattern #163 or #166 on the original wood. Would you recommend just a round over for the spacer board, or something else? I have been trying to avoid having a shoe molding for the same reasons listed.

    TIA

    Rich

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    3

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    I made baseboard out of 1X8 MDF and topped it with small flat bull nose and cove. I also used a shoe mold, but if your floor is flat or it's going where there's carpet it'll work without it. It was inexpensive and looked good.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    1

    Default Re: thicker and wider baseboard molding

    Ernest,
    That sounds like a great idea, do you mind posting a pic, I would love to see what it looks like using the MDF. Thanks.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •