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Old 08-26-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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Hi! I need about 130 feet of baseboard trim for my basement. I want to go with a natural, wood look (see photo), so the primed contractor packs, while inexpensive, won't work. I'd prefer not to pay $1 per linear foot at the store for composite trim or wood trim that I will have to stain. Actually, I am happy with a small plank of wood that is relatively thin - .75" or less - and 3-4" wide. They don't need any fancy design. If they have four square corners, that is fine with me.

So I was wondering if anyone has any innovative suggestions for making my own inexpensive wood baseboards....something along the lines of buying a thin sheet of decent quality wood and cutting it up with a table saw...but the big box stores don't have any sheet such as this.

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Why not use 3.5" wide pine
HD has it in 16' lengths

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Around here, Lowe's sub to a millwork company for their finish packs, not the shelf stuff. 40-50% less. Through them or a friend with a Contractor's license...

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..."So I was wondering if anyone has any innovative suggestions for making my own inexpensive wood baseboards....something along the lines of buying a thin sheet of decent quality wood and cutting it up with a table saw...but the big box stores don't have any sheet such as this."

You're describing birch plywood. It's carried at Lowes and Home Depot. They carry 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4". They also carry a veneer tape that you will need to apply to the ply edges. It irons on.
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go get a bunch of 1 x 4's and run a router over the top edge to dress it up.
if you ask nice, maybe they will let you pick through the stack.
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