Sunday, June 3, 2012

Adventures in Baseboarding

Loyal readers,

Remember this quote from this previous post about the baseboard upstairs:

First of all, I'm not even going to try to get that bottom piece of moulding.  I think a standard quarter round at the bottom will be sufficient enough.  The real showpiece in this baseboard configuration is the top cap.

Please observe "that bottom piece of moulding"

Well, take a look the west wall before the headboard bump-out below:

Dummy baseboard thrown up there, take a look at that tape

it just gets worse as we move to the left

It turns that that there is a about 1" of gap before the actual finish floor starts.  Crap.  I thought this might be a problem in this one spot, but installing the baseboard was a long ways off (I'm into like 8 months here!).  In the olden days, there were true 1x's, so things where a little thicker.  Also, they had a four piece baseboard originally in this house.

Well, guess who's still going to have a four piece baseboard?

So, I pulled out the router and rummaged through the bits that I had.  I'm not really a router guy, so my router bits consist of a bunch of straight cutting bits to cut rabbits and dadoes.  Re-creating this base shoe is going to be difficult.  I don't really feel like going out and buying some special bit for this operation.  Let's see what we have here:

Quick pass on a piece of Azec I have laying around.  Router  riding on the upright  (top) side of board

The above actually looks half decent.  If you refer to the top picture, its not that close... but its not that far off either.  In the end, I actually think this might look better that the original stuff

The hashed part is the keeper.  1 5/8" tall by 1/2" deep

My friend Mat will come over tomorrow to help me route and rip these boards.  16 footers are no joke, so I will need some assistance.

Anyway, let's move on to today's install.  I started in the back of the room, as mention in this previous post. Unfortunately, the baseboard was a little proud of my radiator cabinet when i put it up for install

You can't really see it here, but trust me. Its about 1/8" proud of the cabinet.

Now, you know I spent some time in Vermont when I pull out a framing chisel to pare down the back of the trim in order to fit the piece

This thing cuts through wood like a hot knife through butter

I can't say enough good things about that chisel.  I've built some amazing things with it.  But, what could be more amazing than a 13" piece of baseboard in back corner of a bedroom in a crappy South Philly row home?

A serious improvement. So serious that the camera has no idea.
dead nuts

Installed.  Man that east wall is hammered!  Notice that piece of drywall I glued to the wall as a spacer.  Absolutely  filthy.

Continuing to the left in the room with the first piece of the baseboard

North wall, radiator cabinet in the bottom right corner

Rounding the corner
Making some progress. Tomorrow will be a big day as I will be custom milling some pieces of trim.  After that it should be full speed ahead, god willing.

Late night on the occupy site, followed by an early rise tomorrow.  I have about five back posts to make. Hopefully I can squeeze a few in this week.  Time to hit the sack.

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