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Need a little advice on laying out beadboard planks for a 5' chair rail.

I'm looking at Taunton's Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins and he advises planning the layout so that you have full widths around doors and windows.

My space looks like this:



I don't see how I can plan full widths around the window unless either:

a) the math works out so that the boards under the window are an even multiple of the window width

b) some boards under the window are ripped - I think this would look bad

I'm also not sure where to start - with a full board to the left of the window and then work my way into the corner, then rip the two pieces forming the corner so they mirror one another?

I'm also assuming I could do the same at the door - start with a full board and work out to the corners.

Do the two corners on the short walls need to mirror one another or should I just make them fit based on getting as many full boards around the window and door as possible?
 

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I would plan it out so at all the places the beadboard hit, whether it's doors,walls or windows you end up as even a spacing as you can muster.
That magazine plan will not work unless the spacing is utopian.
Very rooms qualify.
Ron
 

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I would plan it out so at all the places the beadboard hit, whether it's doors,walls or windows you end up as even a spacing as you can muster.
Ron - I'm not sure I'm following what you mean about having even spacing. Can you elaborate?
 

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You don't want to have very small pieces of beadboard next to windows or doors. You want to lay out the job so there are similiar size wood at each break. A break would be where the wall ends and where the wood hits an obstacle like a door and wall.
Ron
 
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