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groundtrac 11-11-2008 03:09 PM

Window Jamb question
 
I am ready to install a window jamb into my basement window now that I have the sheetrock finished. I am having an issue though where the distance from the window to the sheetrock varies around the frame, anywhere from 8" to 8 1/2". I want the jamb to be flush with the sheetrock, so how is this accomplished? Is leaving a gap in the rear against the window and simply caulking it ok? Or is there something I am missing here? Is there a tool I could use to shave the front down level with the sheetrock and not make it look like a 3 year old did it?

Marvin Gardens 11-11-2008 11:18 PM

Sometimes you have to just custom cut every board.

CrpntrFrk 11-11-2008 11:24 PM

Plainer, sander, table saw, might be in and out of the frame 30 times before it's right. :thumbsup:

Maintenance 6 11-12-2008 08:18 AM

Install the jamb. Leave it stand out past the wall. Install temporary 1x3s around the jamb and against the drywall. Then use a router to trim the jamb back almost flush with the finished wall. You want to leave it stand a little proud (1/16") so you can sand it almost flush with the drywall.

groundtrac 11-12-2008 11:00 PM

Thanks!
 
Thanks for the ideas, I think I'll try what you suggest maintenance 6, sounds like a winner to me. I'll post my success (or failure) when I get done!

Wildie 11-13-2008 06:19 PM

When I had this problem, I scribed the jamb projection unto a piece of 3/4" wood that was the length of the window trim.
Then, I cut along the scribe on my table saw.
I then glued this to the window trim, before cutting the corner miters.
Didn't own a router at that time!

groundtrac 11-23-2008 03:45 PM

Update
 
Ok so what I ended up doing was just cut my jamb boards at 8" around the entire window. This of course left a gap. I mounted them flush to the drywall, leaving the gap in the rear against the window. I then used peices of latice that I cut to overlay the gap. This leaves a small 1/4" raised surface of course, but it looks rather nice. This way I didn't have to waste multiple boards trying to custom cut my jamb. I primed and painted the jamb and it all looks really nice!

Wildie 11-23-2008 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by groundtrac (Post 189077)
Ok so what I ended up doing was just cut my jamb boards at 8" around the entire window. This of course left a gap. I mounted them flush to the drywall, leaving the gap in the rear against the window. I then used peices of latice that I cut to overlay the gap. This leaves a small 1/4" raised surface of course, but it looks rather nice. This way I didn't have to waste multiple boards trying to custom cut my jamb. I primed and painted the jamb and it all looks really nice!

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