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BandBWoodworx

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01-23-2016 03:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: faux wainscoting picture frame moulding resource

Hello all!

I am doing picture frame wainscoting for a friend. They have a fireplace on one wall and the distance from the left wall to FP is 65”. The right side, however, is 67.125”

Should I keep the same gap (3.125” in this case) on both sides and adjust the width of the picture frame moulding on the right side since it is the larger side, or do the opposite – calculate the picture frame size on right side (larger side) and reduce the gap on the left side?

Is there a standard installation method to this madness for future reference or does it depend on the situation? If so, what is it and how would a professional carpenter approach the situation. I am just a helpful friend!

Thanks for your help!

-Brian M


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pjones46

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 08:14 PM

Firstly, isn’t it 2.125” ? I would add the 2.125 to the one rail of the panel on that side which is longer keeping everything else the same and the panels all the same size for looks.

I believe it is personal taste and what the customer will really will see.

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 10:17 PM

In general, discrepancies show up less in a larger dimension, so I would take out the difference in the larger, panel dimensions, not in the stile dimensions.

I’m assuming you are creating something like this:

Even though you may be able to notice the panel dimension difference in the elevation drawing, it would be very rare for anyone to notice in real life, as we never view the wall “straight on” as in the drawing.

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BandBWoodworx

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 12:06 AM

Thank you for the sketch up.

I am making faux picture frame wainscoting. My friend does not want to pay for the real thing. So the question still is adjust the gap or frame width. Sounds like I should keep the gap consistent and adjust the frame outside to outside dimension?

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 12:25 AM

I need to look up ‘faux picture frame wainscoting’

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 12:34 AM

I’d just divide the difference up between the panels on the long side.

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BandBWoodworx

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 12:36 AM

Smitty,

I am using the picture frame moulding to make rectangles and the rectangles will be installed under (3 inch gap or so) the chair rail and above the baseboard.

Faux wainscoting is probably the wrong terminology.

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#7 posted 01-24-2016 12:39 AM

Ah, i think i understand. Surface mounted frames. Now i’ll re-read the question! :-)

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#8 posted 01-24-2016 12:41 AM

Okay, i say ‘adjust the width of the picture frame moulding’

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#9 posted 01-24-2016 04:53 AM


Thank you for the sketch up.

I am making faux picture frame wainscoting. My friend does not want to pay for the real thing. So the question still is adjust the gap or frame width. Sounds like I should keep the gap consistent and adjust the frame outside to outside dimension?

- BandBWoodworx

So it’s more like this:

The answer is the same: divide each space into equal sections. Keep the spaces between panels the same, take up the difference in the panel dimension.

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 01-24-2016 05:04 AM

What he said.

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#11 posted 01-24-2016 05:29 AM

Another option would be to make the end frames all the same size and make the center frames bigger

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#12 posted 01-24-2016 05:37 AM

Or consider unequal panels (still keeping the space between panels equal):

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