I filled the gap at the top of the south wall with MDF scrap to get to the cap rail, then built up a moulding profile as best I could. Not the best work I’ve ever come up with, but I’ll shoulder the responsibility. Had to get it done and stop the analysis.
The baseboard was needed as well, but I didn’t take pictures of that prep. Tonight it was installed, as last night was a night of cutting and fitting and painting. One design element my Dad noticed in the inspiration picture was the matching reveals of each horizontal component of the panels. So the baseboard needed to be a bit lower that I originally planned. The final result looks great to my eye.
Here’s the dimension of the original MDF baseboard.
I ripped the top of the store-bought profile and liked the result.
Sorry for the lack of ‘how-to’ on this final installment, but work is completed. The point of the blog, I guess, centers on an admission: MDF is workable material. For a die-hard solid wood guy, working with truly dimensional stuff was kinda nice. And because it’s painted, it makes complete sense in this application.
Oh, and go with your gut when it comes to designs that inspire. See it, do it!
As always, thanks for looking.
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