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Old 10-30-2012, 02:52 PM   #31
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threshold or quarter round first?


screw it I'm going with ooak seems to be the hardest one
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:10 PM   #32
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Floor transition piece or wall molding first just depends on which is easier to cut a matching joint to. Transitions usually have a simple straight sided profile so cutting base to fit over it may be easier. On other hand transition may butt against a flat portion of base and if transition ever has to come up you don't have to remove base.

Maybe we should just stop saying plinth. ( Though it is fun to say.) Call it another transition. When you have two dissimilar molding profiles meeting you need a transition between them. Sometimes you can do that with coping one on to other, sometimes by cutting an angle on end of one, sometimes by adding a return, some times by coping onto the return or cope return onto other. In this case I think the plain "plinth" block idea would be easy and look fine.

As to material, shoot you could use a block of PVC or make one from a chunk of 2x construction grade. MDF takes paint well, doesn't shrink or swell unless it gets actually wet, and this is or is near a kitchen, and might not withstands bangs that a outside corner gets. Poplar is nice and hard, can take being kicked, fairly dimensionally stable. So is ash. Oak grain shows thru paint. ( I dunno what else they got at big box.)

What ever the plinthition piece is, it should be noticably thicker than what ever butts against it, at least an inch thick more likely 5/4,
so you get handdrive's reveal. Then it looks like its supposed to be that way. Trying to flush outer edges or too little reveal looks like you didn't know what you were doing and just slapped something in. And don't try to blend butt joints with curved cuts or caulk, make um nice and sharp and square.

Don,t worry about confusing me, jim, I been confused a long time. Sannitig pro'lly clicked "ignore" on me a long time ago. It is a good idea to check what you're grabbing out of the bins at big box, folks will put quarter shoe into round base bin.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:37 PM   #33
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No way, I didn't click ignore, I find everyone's information very valuable.

As for the choice of materials I did a little test at the home depot: I grabbed a 1x6 piece of poplar and smacked the edge against a 1x6 MDF edge. Guess which one dented? the poplar! and badly!!

I ended up grabbing oak and have primed it with tannin blockign primer, going to paint the s*** out of it as well.

PVC is an interesting choice...probably shoulda just gone with that lol! it's hard to find finished 5/4 planks of wood besides deck boards (pine & cedar)

I will probably do this different at my next house. Look for PVC or something.

I really appriciate everyone's help and I will post pictures as soon as im done...I work slow
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As the man said said, "Slow and steady..." "Will thjis room ever be ready?" as the wife said.
Nothin wrong with slow, unless you're payin somebody else by the hour.
Somebody here's sig line is the old, "You can have it fast, cheap, or good, pick two."
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Omg...I've officially lost it!

What the hell is going on? I measure the angle with an angle finder...I see it's 87 degrees I cut and nothing fits! I'm smoking again for God sake!

Looks good though (the design)
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whoa bro, no need to disrupt your health because of a few cuts where exactly is the 87 degree at? you might need to cut the reverse of 87 degrees which is 3 degrees... oh, I see- you just have to keep at it till it fits,cut a little long on your first cut and adjust your angle and use scrap wood to save your good stock. you can pre build it too and that will help it to fit more uni-formally when it goes on the wall

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