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Old 02-11-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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I'm finishing off a bedroom and need to match the remainder of the house. The place has been remodeled and the window returns are pretty basic - no apron, flush 1x (i think) trim on jambs, head and sill with standard colonial casing picture framing the opening. I can only get about 5/8" thick material on the jambs because the new windows were set pretty tight in the opening and don't have much of a reveal.

I don't have access to a planer to get 1x material to the right thickness. All trim will be primed and painted white, so I have some flexibility on material choices. Has anyone successfully used MDF or maybe a high grade plywood with edge banding in this situation? Am I making things more complicated than need be and should just bite the bullet and rent a planer?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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How about a picture?
And where would you rent a planer?

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How deep are the jambs.
One simple way is to buy some primed baseboard and just rip it to the width you need. It's 1/2" thick already.
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I'm finishing off a bedroom and need to match the remainder of the house. The place has been remodeled and the window returns are pretty basic - no apron, flush 1x (i think) trim on jambs, head and sill with standard colonial casing picture framing the opening. I can only get about 5/8" thick material on the jambs because the new windows were set pretty tight in the opening and don't have much of a reveal.

I don't have access to a planer to get 1x material to the right thickness. All trim will be primed and painted white, so I have some flexibility on material choices. Has anyone successfully used MDF or maybe a high grade plywood with edge banding in this situation? Am I making things more complicated than need be and should just bite the bullet and rent a planer?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Do you know someone who has a table saw?
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Jambs are only about 3" deep.

I didn't think of the table saw trick - I can rip the material first, then set the blade as high as possible and make a pass on each side. Thanks for the tip.
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Why would you do it that way? Much faster by just making one cut by using the baseboard material and it will lay flat.
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1/2" mdf I would not use.
1/2" plywood with edge banding.
Or 1/2" trim (baseboard) in a wood then rip it to width as stated above.
You could use 3/4 and rip it down to 1/2" as you stated.

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