Well now that the next cast iron(MDF) is no longer a sin, how do feel
about the other "wood" called miratec ???
Fascia board that don't rot ???? who would have thunk it ...
On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:07:25 -0400, the infamous Pat Barber
I haven't tried either yet, but I think I'd prefer AZEK, et al,
instead. http://www.azek.com /
Composites do die, mostly because of drowning. (They eventually soak
up water.) My clients usually choose PT wood for the lower price and
some have already been disappointed by Trex and the other composites
due to staining, delamination, pitting from rain, and fading.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.
-- Earl Warren
I won't comment on what the material is since it's tough to really
know from a photo. I just finished up the trim in our new home over
the weekend; we modeled it after a 1917 prairie style home we now have
as a rental. I came into about 3k linear feet of quarter and rift
sawn red oak, ~5" wide x heavy 4/4, random lengths 8-12' so I used
that to make the trim. Painted it all builder's white of course
since I didn't want to see all that straight boring grain and those
funny rays; luckily there was only one knot to fill in the whole
The headers, and legs for door's are the same thickness in both the
repro and the original. The juncture at the bottom of the door is
managed by plinth blocks with about 1/8" to 3/32" reveal. Plinths are
about 3/8" taller than the base, IIRC. In the photo you linked to the
legs go all the way to the floor. If you have a wide baseboard with
tile/wood/laminate you'll probably need some sort of shoe molding.
Even if the floor is perfectly flat now, in 50 years it probably won't
be. If you don't like the qtr round, you can make the shoe taller
and integrate it into the visual for the base so it doesn't look like
it was added in a fit of desperation.
As has been said elsewhere in replies to your message: mock up a full
door (and window if you can) before you commit to production. During
the mock up you can play with the subtle details even you already have
a basic plan.
(Ok, for those actually read this message: finish was really two
coats Pratt & Lambert stain followed by two coats of ML Campbell
lacquer, but there is really only one visible knot and it's in a
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