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Old 12-06-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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How do I finish open end of base molding


I have a balcony on both sides of a stairwell. There is nosing on both and they terminate at a common wall. I want to install standard three inch base molding on each side that will stop about an inch from each nose. I tried putting a return end on each, but with the square ends, it looks visually like both sides want to be connected. Even if it were just on one side, the squared end just doesn't look finished. It looks like something is missing. The best I could come up with was a large radius at the end which allows the eye to follow the curve down to the floor and not off into space. It's not bad, but I would prefer something better. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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A picture would sure be nice.
A return or a 45 deg. cut that does not go all the way to the back are the most common ways of doing it. They also sell end blocks in differant designs at Lowes or HD. There most often used when a DIY that does not know how to cut crown molding in the inside corners.

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Where the base terminates in the middle of nowhere, back-cut that end at a 45 degree angle with the long point on the face. Then cut another (small) 45 degree piece that will fit into the first 45, thereby returning the base-profile to the wall. This gives a finished look and makes everything pleasing to the eye. Has nothing to do with cutting crown molding.

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Hmmmm , it says you tried to put a return end on each. Does that mean you did what Bud has suggested? That is what I have always done where base stops in the middle of nowhere. I have thought it looks great. Does your base have a profile on top? You said it had a "square end". In my area "standard base" will have an ogee edge on top.
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That procedure will work with any profile - doesn't matter.
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any time you have a molding that has to terminate in an open section of a wall making it return is always the optimal method..

now what sepearates the men from the boys is the method of making the return...
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I absolutely agree that a return is the best way to end a molding run that can continue no further. And it is really not that tough to do.

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