i have a wall that is about hip high that forms a 90 degree enclosing a
set of steps going down to the basement. i would like to widen( or cap )
the top with some wider lumber so that it may be used for placing
knick-knacks, pictures etc. but it seems to me that the length of each
piece (forms a 90 )needs to be longer than the narrower mitered pieces
that i will be attaching to. am i right and is there a formula to
determine what the length of the new wider pieces of lumber that will be
Finished overall length is distance to outside of wall plus overhang.
Start by making the miter joints fit w/ material w/ length to spare then
cut square ends to length.
If use very wide solid material, be _very_ sure it is _completely_ dry
or the miter will open up as it dries and shrinks. If you want a really
wide cap, you might consider using cabinet-grade ply for the main pieces
and face it w/ matching hardwood.
I know lowes has it. Home depot probably does too. You'll need a
table saw to cut it accurately. Since this is stairs to the basement
and we have no idea of the finish or usage of your basement you
probably ought to start with a budget. I say this because cabinet ply
ain't cheap in sizes big enough to cut shelves from. What abouts are
you thinkng this should cost you? Is painted and acceptable finish or
do you want to be able to stain this?
Ones I'm familiar w/ do, anyway (altho haven't been where there is a
borg for over 10 yrs now, wouldn't expect basic stocking to have changed
much). I'd expect you'll find birch and oak easily although it'll
probably require purchasing a whole sheet if need over 4-ft length;
sometimes you can find half-sheets but they'll be 4x4 not 2x8.
How wide a cap are you thinking of?
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