| My chair railing, in various places around the room, is going to be
| butting against the casing around my doorway, around my closet, and
| around my windows. The chair railing is a little more 'raised' at its
| highest point than the casing is, so when it's flush against the
| you can see the end grain.
| What is the most typical method for installing the railing at these
| junctures? I'd imagine you don't just butt it flat against the casing
| and allow the end grain to show...
| Do I just miter a 'return' at all of these locations? If yes, should
| return basically be right up against the casing so that, in effect,
| outermost edge of the return/chair railing is touching the casing, and
| then goes 45 degrees back from there (if you can picture it...)?
not knowing the exact profile of your chair rail I will not suggest a
return or miter.
I usually sand the edge that sticks by the casing so it is rounded, it
looks much better than a return.
a return usually makes the bottom edge short.