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amakarevic 01-28-2011 06:47 PM

using regular 1x8 as baseboard
 
since i have a deep rooted hatred for anything beveled or routed grooves or any "aesthetic" form that serves no utilitarian purpose, i want to replace my baseboards with something so simple that can't be simpler. so would the cheapest 1xX lumber work, if painted?

thanks

nap 01-28-2011 06:50 PM

You can use whatever you want to use. If you don't want to use anything fancy, it's your house.

At my dads house there is no baseboard per se. He has hardwood floors and has 1/4 round simply to cover the gap between the floor and the wall.

WirelessG 01-28-2011 06:54 PM

1x8 may be a little deep. 1x6 would be more like it, but it depends on the other trim in your house. If you don;t have crown, go w with something minimal like 1x3 or 1x4. If you have 7" crown, go with 1x6.

And work on the hatred part.

amakarevic 01-28-2011 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by WirelessG (Post 579921)
1x8 may be a little deep. 1x6 would be more like it, but it depends on the other trim in your house. If you don;t have crown, go w with something minimal like 1x3 or 1x4. If you have 7" crown, go with 1x6.

And work on the hatred part.

there will be no crown. the floor is carpet. i want no crown and maybe, maybe the simplest molding if just 1x6 or 8 looks too bare. i think i like slightly higher so i might go 1x8.

thanks. hatred ? i just can't stand anything beyond minimalism in aesthetics, sorry ... extra work, visual pollution.

Gary in WA 01-28-2011 07:09 PM

I feel a solid board will cup and twist if you have high humidity. At least cut relief grooves in the back to help is stay straight with the seasonal changes. I used 3/4" plywood for my addition baseboards and added 1/4 round shoe to keep the old style look. Better than the MDF on the market.....

Gary

WirelessG 01-28-2011 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by GBR in WA (Post 579926)
I feel a solid board will cup and twist if you have high humidity. At least cut relief grooves in the back to help is stay straight with the seasonal changes. I used 3/4" plywood for my addition baseboards and added 1/4 round shoe to keep the old style look. Better than the MDF on the market.....

Gary

Good point, Gary.

almostnormal 01-29-2011 05:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GBR in WA (Post 579926)
I feel a solid board will cup and twist if you have high humidity. At least cut relief grooves in the back to help is stay straight with the seasonal changes. I used 3/4" plywood for my addition baseboards and added 1/4 round shoe to keep the old style look. Better than the MDF on the market.....

Gary

Painting both sides of the trim will help prevent it, too.

amakarevic 01-29-2011 02:25 PM

i went to HD last night and i think i'm gonna use maple 1x6, it's about $2.5 per foot, which is reasonable. i shouldn't need more than 60 ft.

mrgins 01-29-2011 06:22 PM

I just used 1x6 poplar in three bathrooms I just remodelled. Customer didn't want any moulding on the top, so I used a plane with a rounding blade to take the arris off the edge

fungku 01-29-2011 08:33 PM

1x8, 1x6 whatever. It is fine. You can always build it up later and add a base cap.

1x8 is fairly large, but if you have really high ceilings and large crown then it could work.

Large crown and small base looks funny, and so does small crown and large base.

firehawkmph 01-29-2011 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 579917)
since i have a deep rooted hatred for anything beveled or routed grooves or any "aesthetic" form that serves no utilitarian purpose, i want to replace my baseboards with something so simple that can't be simpler. so would the cheapest 1xX lumber work, if painted?

thanks

So what kind of car do you drive, an old checker cab?:laughing: Why would you pay 2.50/ft. for maple when you can buy poplar for less than half the price? Maple is more aesthetic and serves no utilitarian purpose over poplar.

Mike Hawkins:)

Willie T 01-29-2011 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by fungku (Post 580638)
1x8, 1x6 whatever. It is fine. You can always build it up later and add a base cap.

1x8 is fairly large, but if you have really high ceilings and large crown then it could work.

Large crown and small base looks funny, and so does small crown and large base.

So very, very true!

Willie T 01-29-2011 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mrgins (Post 580552)
... so I used a plane with a rounding blade to take the arris off the edge....

Not many people even KNOW that architectural term, let alone use it. Sharp! (not to make a pun...)

Jackofall1 01-29-2011 09:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by firehawkmph (Post 580641)
So what kind of car do you drive, an old checker cab?:laughing: Why would you pay 2.50/ft. for maple when you can buy poplar for less than half the price? Maple is more aesthetic and serves no utilitarian purpose over poplar.

Mike Hawkins:)

TooShea!!!!:thumbup:

And then paint it to boot.

Tom Struble 01-29-2011 10:47 PM

i'm still trying to figure out whats so ''minimalist'' about a 1x8 base board:huh:


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