I am going to make some new wooden baseboards for my house and would
like some recommendations regarding the best type of lumber to use.
Will pine be sufficiently durable to withstand years of wear and tear,
or should I consider using a hardwood? What grade lumber should I
look for? I intend to paint the boards, so knots should not present a
problem unless it will make it too difficult to shape the boards with
Thanks for any information you can provide.
Normally one looks at the machine ability of the wood.
and popular is often used. All wood hardens over time.
If you want oak to match something and stain it - use that.
If you plan on painting - use popular.
You want kiln dried.
As others say, poplar is good...works well, holds paint well, relatively
inexpensive, harder than pine so less subject to dings, etc. As far as
grade goes, I'd use #1 common and fill any bad areas with auto body compound
(Bondo). Sanded smooth after filling and with a coat of good primer and you
are good to go for the top paint - which I sincerely hope will be an oil
On Tue, 3 Mar 2009 10:57:32 -0800 (PST), "SonomaProducts.com"
...works like a charm...and when you fill *it* with bondo the patch is
more likely to remain invisible. I use it all the time, but *never*
in any situation where water may be an issue. (It's wonderful for
crown.) I do a lot of apartment remodels/move-out clean-ups and have
benifit of seeing work spanning back 15-20 years in some cases...it
holds up well. Much base gets hidden by furniture etc, and therefore
not so prone to getting dinged.
All that said, if it's my house I'm probably going poplar...
Since you can buy baseboard cheaper than the
material needed to make it and is already
primed, why on earth would you want to make
your own baseboard ?
Is this a very strange pattern possibly ?
Do you have shaper and power feeder ?
Primed MDF baseboard is your friend.
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