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Old 06-05-2017, 03:07 PM
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I showed my wife the video so that she could have an idea of how it's going to look once the trim is in. Right now she thinks it looks a little plain. I agree: it's a bit "barn-ish." The stairs will be the biggest challenge because of the angles and the height of the rail in relation to the height of the banister.

The hold up thus far has been the additional thickness of the MDF backing board. They make the panels stick out beyond the depth of the door molding, which are the same thickness as the pine board I'm using. I think I've found a workaround. I went to Harbor Freight and spent another $70 on a laminate trimmer, 1/4" shank router bits and a couple of cheap work horses and using some scrap made a test piece with an inlay for a trimmed piece of MDF to fit in like a picture frame. Using a laminate trimmer is along the lines of using a Dremel but with a LOT more vibration so it took me a few tries to get things tight enough that my cut did not travel.









As you can see, the fit is pretty tight and there's going to be picture frame molding and baseboard/chair rail to cover up most of the seams.
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Old 06-08-2017, 12:31 PM
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My wife wants to remodel the bathroom (among other things) but I don't think she has a clear enough idea to move forward - at least not one that would cost less than $40K apparently. She has this idea in her head about having a bigger tub and a separate enclosed tile wall shower with a glass partition which would likely require changing the location of plumbing AND tile floors. We had two contractors come in and one reduced the scope to just redoing the bathroom; no vanity, no flooring, just the tub/shower. The other never even called back.

Naturally, my homework is to get more quotes so that we have a figure to roll into a refi. I'm scratching my head because we already have a LOC. I'm also thinking that this is going to be one of those jobs where we have to get several different specialists in and buy our own materials. I'm thinking that we go with the flooring place that did our downstairs and I give the master plumber who my wife's uncle hooked us up with a call.

Speaking of which, I need to give Uncle a call and grab some coffee. His niece may have grandoise plans but he's been through this with his better half 20 years ago and got results.
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Some updates on my wainscoting project. I'm putting in the chair rail and baseboards in the downstairs section:



Miter cutting is still tricky for me but I bought a finer tooth blade for my chop saw and the cuts are much cleaner. Now it's all about measuring and working on not rushing the cut.

So far, here's the design of the chair rail. I need to ad another type of trip on top and on the sides.



The baseboards are tricky because of the 1/8" backing panels everything is proud of the existing door frames. After many attempts I have a design in mind. I may even do something similar with the base cap under the chair rail. What do you think?



I have a similar consideration to take into account for where the panels butt into the face of opposing trim. Here, the chair rail needs to be cut so that a section fits between the wall and the side/front of the door frame. To do that, I have a contour gauge (which I've shown before which I used to copy the neck profile on my acoustic guitar build. I've already cut the miter for the corner of the chair rail, though I will have to round it off for safety reasons! You can also see that because the back end is rounded I will need to add another piece of trim (either another base cap, quarter round or shoe molding) to the top of the rail. Sorry for the blurry image BTW.

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We got bids to renovate the upstairs bathrooms and reface the kitchen cabinets. It's less than the $100K we were quoted last year by about half. I'm patting myself on the back for my DIY contributions but a big part of it was spending about $7K on flooring. Time to call for a refi and drop off the application at Lowe's.
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