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Old 01-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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Window/Door Casings from 1 X 4s


I want to use 1 X 4 whitewood to make window and door casings. The wall area around one of the doors is not level, hoizontally. If I hold the 1 X 4 flush with the flat area closest to the door, there is a gap between the 1 X 4 and the wall of about 1/2". This isn't obvious with real door casing material because it is thinner close to the door. How do I handle this problem?

Am I totally off base using 1 X 4s for casing? I like this craftsman type look, but maybe there is another material I need to use.

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can you post a picture? I am having trouble visualising the issue.
for example, where is this gap? between the 1 x 4 and the wall or the door jamb?
1 x 4 are fine for casing. We use it a lot around here. carve out a hollow on the back so it behaves over time.


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Adding a backband molding to the 1x4 will give it more character.
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I am a rank amateur and have no idea what either of you are talking about. Could you please explain what these things are and how I do this?

I will post a picture as soon as I can.
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1 x 4 will work fine.
I am suggesting that the back side of the 1 x 4 gets a cut or a couple of cuts approximately 1/3rd of the thickness of the wood to relieve the stress from the wood. Without the cuts, the wood is more prone to warping. If you have the facilities to dado out about 1/4 " deep so the middle of the back side is hollowed out would be better still.
I can't post a drawing because I am not on my regular machine.
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the one on the left is a std 1 x4
the middle one shows some saw cuts
the right one shows a hollow
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that works if you're mitering corners I suspect he is square cutting everything to keep it simple
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Yes, I want square corners - no miter joints.

Jlhaslip: Thanks for the illustrations. That helps a lot.
Picture 3: would I do this with a table mounted router?

Ron - what is a backband molding?
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yes, a router table or a table saw and dado blade, but as pointed out above, any 'outside' corners would need to be mitred, or the hollow will show on the endgrain piece of your baseboard. Inside corners would be fine, if that is all you have.
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Yes, I want square corners - no miter joints.

Jlhaslip: Thanks for the illustrations. That helps a lot.
Picture 3: would I do this with a table mounted router?

Ron - what is a backband molding?
It's an "L" shaped molding that wraps around the outer edge of the 1x4's. Go to any good lumberyard and they should have it.
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I put 1x4 up in my bathroom and it's great. A picture would help come up with a solution to the problem.

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