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Old 10-03-2011, 09:38 PM   #1
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How do I end this chair rail?


My first attempt at a chair rail. How do I end this chair rail into window casing and door casing? Do I just end it bluntly and let it die into it? Use a return? How? The window molding on the soon to be installed plantation shutters is going to be about a 1/4 inch thinner than the apron on this chair rail. However, the apron is the same thickness as the door casing. Thanks for any input and example pics!
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You start with the top piece and create a 45 degree miter. Then make the matching piece. You can then make the lower piece set back the same as the painted one in the other pic.

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You start with the top piece and create a 45 degree miter. Then make the matching piece. You can then make the lower piece set back the same as the painted one in the other pic.
Is that the ideal/standard way to end it? Do the return like on my second pic? That doesn't look funny to you? Just wondering.....
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It does look a little odd. But with the added piece on top, it makes the chair thicker than the casings. If the casings were thicker, you would have more options. I guess the other option would be to run the lower piece into the casing, and return only the top piece? Do a test run and see which looks better.
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The window casing that comes with the shutters is another 1/4 inch thinner than the door casing. Help. Thanks for any ideas on how to do this right.
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Run the chair rail into the casing. Whatever sticks out past the casing is mitered away from that casing.
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http://www.woodwrecker.com/woodworki...ailDetail1.jpg

http://elitecrownmoldings.com/skin1/...sc_closeUp.jpg

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/attac...rail-bevel.jpg

http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/wp-co...9406447737.jpg

Point is...there is no "right" way, try out some options with scrap pieces till you find what you really like...
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:47 PM   #8
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I like the woodworker.com end. I like the fact that it overlaps the top piece return on the casing. Looks clean.

Thanks for sharing those examples.

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If you get any books, check out Gary Katz. He has some great DVD's, but they are expensive. He has written a few books that give examples of what ends should look like.

If you were to get one DVD, I'd get his first one. I believe he covers and overview of pretty much everything in it.
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I ended up doing returns at the ends and it looks excellent. Pics to come as soon as the floor is installed by me.

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