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Old 10-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #16
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I think I posted some pictures already. I will be placing the transition piece last (someguys say place first and some place last). This way I have time to figure what exactly I want to do here

It's in a doorway (with no casing or trim, just drywall). I have decided that the shoe will not look good on the plinth portion (thanks for the tip).

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I was unable find plinth as I thought plinth was sold in linear feet, not just a 4" x 8" tall block or what have you like the local home depot, so I think I may have to make my own plinth to place in the doorway and 3" around each side of wall.

I have purchased an 8' length of 3.5" x 3/4" mdf whiteboard and an 8' length of 4.5" x 3/4" mdf white trim/baseboaseboard. I am thinking of stacking them and laminte with PL to make my 8" x 3/4" "plinth". That way I can cut however many inches wide the doorway is

Only propblem I can think of is what to fill the joined part with to make it fully flush and unnoticeable.

And is MDF good enough or should I be using something like poplar instead for both pieces??

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If you have the abilities, get a 4' pine 1" thick stair tread and make your own plinth blocks out of it, or get 5/4 boards either 5/4 by 4 or 5/4 by 5, however wide you want to make the plinth blocks. In older homes plinth blocks are usually 8" tall by 5" wide...

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
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If you have the abilities, get a 4' pine 1" thick stair tread and make your own plinth blocks out of it, or get 5/4 boards either 5/4 by 4 or 5/4 by 5, however wide you want to make the plinth blocks. In older homes plinth blocks are usually 8" tall by 5" wide...

Wow that's really thick for a doorway no?
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #19
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you do not need plinths, just rip the bottom of your base down for the kitchen to match the height at the top around the wall into the other room. install the base and then the threshold ... cut the quarter round to the threshold with returns and if the threshold sticks to far onto the wooded floor past the quarter round cut a return angle back on the treshold too.

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OK, I would go ahead and wrap that corner and rip the difference in thickness of the floors from the base and shoe and continue back into that corner. It will look complete and look good.

If you want to make that corner a column with a wrapped plinth and kill the base and 1/4 round into that, that would look great also. There are many different profiles of plinth blocks but the idea is usually for the plinth to be about 1/4 inch thicker and set out around 1/4 inch on each side of the column, in your case here. By the way, that is 1/4 round, not shoe mold.

Do a search and see which plinth you would like on yours, if you do want a column and plinth. I would not wrap the plinth with the 1/4 round, that would be too busy and make that area more of a focal point.

Going back and looking at your pictures again, I agree, you don't need plinth blocks as it would not balance out with the other side of the opening, just run and wrap that corner. I still would fit the threshold to the 1/4 round, so the threshold would go in last. JMHO
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Hmmmm I thought I should use a plinth because the new baseboards I will be placing down in the kitchen are entirely different from the existing baseboards in the other room and they are only 3/8 thick....

Shouldn't I be using plinth in this situation?
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Btw I'm very new and learning lots...sorry for any confusion
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not sure how a plinth is going to help on the other wall accross the room where there is no full outside corner to make the transition. are you going to run the new kitchen base along that other wall into the room with the hardwoods?
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IM planning on going 3" into each wall with the plinth, so then I can butt up the baseboards on both sides of the walls....

Is that what you mean?
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I'm talking about the other side of the kitchen opening in the 2nd pic...
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oh that!! No I have an old piece of the original left over for that piece.
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the plinth usually sets back 1/4" from the door jamb onto the wall which you do not have because it is a drywall opening, do you plan on jambing out the opening with wood and door casing?
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the plinth usually sets back 1/4" from the door jamb onto the wall which you do not have because it is a drywall opening, do you plan on jambing out the opening with wood and door casing?

No, am going to make the plinth basically wrap around all three sides of the walls.

3" on side one, then the span of the jamb, then another 3" on side two
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My main concern now is if MDF is too crappy to use for this application.

Someone already mentioned 5/4 boards or pine stair thread but I'm thinking 5/4 is a bit much (kinda) and the don't sell 5/4 trim that would line up properly...and pine is too soft.

Am I ok with MDF or should I be getting something like poplar.

I may be overthinking this, but I don't want to choose the wrong kind of material for this application since it's in a high traffic area....

Guy at home depot told me MDF is hard, just as hard as poplar but I can see it breaking or chipping before poplar ever would...
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My main concern now is if MDF is too crappy to use for this application.

Someone already mentioned 5/4 boards or pine stair thread but I'm thinking 5/4 is a bit much (kinda) and the don't sell 5/4 trim that would line up properly...and pine is too soft.

Am I ok with MDF or should I be getting something like poplar.

I may be overthinking this, but I don't want to choose the wrong kind of material for this application since it's in a high traffic area....

Guy at home depot told me MDF is hard, just as hard as poplar but I can see it breaking or chipping before poplar ever would...
the plinth on the inside of the door opening might not look good unless it can blend well with the other two. plan a 1/4" reveal around the plinth edges and 1" plinth blocks is the norm, but no mdf for them- just for the baseboards. if you can find 1" poplar then go for it and southern yellow 5/4 pine is quite tough too.

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