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drewhart 11-08-2008 03:17 PM

finishing around a window opening
i framed in some rooms of a stucco house. this made the distance from the wall to the window deaper. i want to finish this surface with some wood like poplar, but its kind of expensive. is there any other kind of wood suitable for this purpose that is cheaper and wheres a good place to get it? also how do i make the window sill on the bottom? do i just use some 3/4" poplar or something and round the edge off with a router?

Termite 11-08-2008 04:22 PM

As hardwoods go, poplar is very inexpensive. It is the best wood for painted applications in my opinion.

What I think you're talking about is a jamb extension, which extends the window frame to the face of the interior wall. They're typically built with pocket screws and joined to the window frame with biscuits. The window's casing covers part of the edge of the jamb extension for a nice detail. The sill is built from 3/4" poplar as well, and serves as the jamb extension at the bottom.

You really need to pick up a book on trimwork to understand how to do all this. It is too complicated a process to adequately describe online without pictures.

drewhart 11-08-2008 04:27 PM

yeah like a jamb extension.

skymaster 11-08-2008 07:28 PM

KC got it.
Poplar is the least expensive wood,and best for this purpose. It is the softest of the hardwoods :}:}. Fantastic paint grade lumber,easy working.

wrangler 11-08-2008 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by skymaster (Post 182074)
KC got it.
Poplar is the least expensive wood,and best for this purpose. It is the softest of the hardwoods :}:}. Fantastic paint grade lumber,easy working.

Must be the availability (or lack there of) that makes poplar more expensive down here than clear pine or fir even.

skymaster 11-08-2008 10:44 PM

WOW maybe we can swap some junky ole poplar for some of that cheap ole clear fir LOL LOL.
Where bouts on da handle? Got a friend in Ft Walton beach

drewhart 11-09-2008 09:50 PM

what if i finished this area with drywall?

skymaster 11-09-2008 10:50 PM

That is very doable. Tho IMHO no class LOL :laughing::whistling2:

drewhart 11-09-2008 11:00 PM

yeah it seems crappy.

wrangler 11-10-2008 07:09 AM


Originally Posted by drewhart (Post 182562)
what if i finished this area with drywall?

That's very common and not hard to do if you dont mind working with corner bead, but still do the stool/sill with either stool stock or like you said, make on from poplar or pine and then add a skirt to the underside.

skymaster 11-10-2008 12:01 PM

Drewhart. Truth be said it is easier to do it in wood. by the time you rock it, bead it, 3 coats of spackle and sand I would be sitting on the deck drinkin sweet tea and eatin ribs just watchin ya workin LOL LOL.
Whole deal should cost ya less than 50 bucks in wood to start with. Take some pics. 4 ext jambs, 3 pcs casing, one pc stoll and one pc apron, should take no more than an hr or hr and half.

DangerMouse 11-10-2008 12:34 PM

heck, if poplar was good enough for Leonardo to paint on.......
(Mona Lisa is painted on a poplar panel)


skymaster 11-10-2008 01:00 PM

DM; Does that mean the real reason she was popular was the fact that she was on poplar or was she just pine ing for Leonardo? Also we also know she was really a beech:whistling2:

DangerMouse 11-10-2008 01:52 PM

you bet your sweet ash she was! i birch you took a lot of thyme to think of all those plant puns.... let's leaf this joke go now.....


4just1don 11-11-2008 10:26 AM

I have NEVER seen wood stand up to this application for LONG TERM, goof proof solutions. IF I were using wood it would be oak,period,,,BUT,,,if you have vinyl windows, why not continue in with vinyl,pvc extensions so they last and are finished for 'life'. Course I may not live long any more!!

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