I would like to install a chair rail in my living room. I have an opening
that runs from floor to ceiling. When I stop the rail at the opening,I
wanted to put a "return" piece in rather then just cut the rail off flush
with the wall. Is there a simple way to cut them? Any special tricks?I
figured I would practice on some scrape first, cut a piece at a 90. or is it
45? What ever it is I have to cut the same angle the opposite way?? OR,,
would it look better just leaving the rail cut flush with the opening?
Flush is tacky.
Terminate on a plinth and even turn it down to the baseboard.
Miter and turn it back into the wall. Don't end it even with the
opening, sit back a bit. Hold the turn back on with a bit of
carpenter's glue, the piece will probably be too small to use
nails, if you will be staining, be sure to keep the glue off the
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
I have always cut 45s to turn the chair rail down, then about 1/2" below the
bottom of the horizontal run, I cut the vertical run at 45 degrees towards
the wall and fit another very short piece cut at 45 degrees so that it
creates a moulded profile on the bottom of the vertical piece. The bottom
piece usually requires pre-assembly with glue then the back is belt sanded
flush with the vertical piece's back so that it fits perfectly flat on the
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