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    Default Wainscot molding transition

    Hi guys......

    Back with another question!

    I will be putting up a beadboard wainscot in my bathroom. Where the upper & lower materials on the wall meet, I will not have your typical molding. I will be using at least 3 different pieces to build a small (3" deep) shelf around the room. My question is what advice do you all have for making the transition where this meets up with window casing, door casing, and medicine cabinet?

    Thanks,
    Sophie

    PS.....I love photos if you have any examples to share!
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    What three pieces of molding are you using? If it's just a 1x3 with basic apron, simply square cut and hold the trim back from the windows/med cabinet a little bit. If you're using a crown molding under the shelf, then hold them back from the obstacles a bit and return them to the wall.

    Google "window apron" and you'll see examples of both methods, obviously, you're doing a shelf and not window apron, but the same still applies to what you're doing.
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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    If it were me, I would take the time to cut and install a return at the windows and medicine cabinet.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    i agree with JLM

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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    I'm not 100% sure which 3 pieces I'm using, but I'm almost certain that crown molding will not be used. This is the most likely scenario......

    First on the wall will be a 3 1/4" tall baseboard flipped upside down. On top of that, flush with the top of the baseboard will be some sort of case molding to be determined later. Sitting on top of those 2 pieces will be the 1" thick shelf that will have a bullnose front edge. This weekend, I plan to pick up some sample pieces and put them together to see what look I prefer.

    Knowing that I am not using crown, is a return still possible?! Whatever I do, it has to go all the way to any door & window trim in order to hide the meeting of the 2 different wall materials.
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    Yes, you can use a return.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Wainscot molding transition

    Yes, you can still use a return, but instead of returning 90* back to the wall, you will use an angled return so that it meets up with the door trim as requested. When cutting tiny little scabs like this, cut the pieces off much longer sections of trim so that you can safely and securely hang onto the pieces. Install a backboard on your chop saw to give you a solid support. A helper with a second long piece of scrap can hold the scab being cut off so that it doesn't catch in the blade and get broken or flung into oblivion.

    Make sure that when you install your shelf piece that it is not going to inhibit door operation. Last thing you want to do is get it all installed, then not be able to open the door fully. Same goes when butting into medicine cabinets, etc.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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