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Illustration by: Gordon Bowyer
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What to do at Doors , Windows, and Floors

Where a cap rail meets a door or window casing, Tom notches the rail so it overlaps the casing. (As a rule of thumb, the overlap should extend the width of the rail minus the casing thickness). Sandpaper and a dab of finish is enough for simple rails, and more complicated rails may require a miter or cope.

When beadboard meets the horn of a stool, notch out the back of the horn (where it meets the wall) and slip the boards behind it. The best tool for making this cut is a backsaw with a offset handle to save knuckles from getting banged.

For added trim detail, set the wainscot on a baseboard and cover the joint with a cap molding.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver and assorted drill bits
    • two-foot level
      Levels,
      2 ft. and 4 ft.
    • pencil compass
      Compass,
      for scribing
    • coping saw
      Coping saw
    • biscuit joiner
      Biscuit joiner
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • nailset
      Nail set
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • block plane
      Block plane
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • hammer
      Hammer,
      16 oz.
    • table saw
      Table saw
    • miter saw
      Power miter saw

    Shopping List

    1. BEADBOARD WAINSCOTING

    2. CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    3. CAP RAIL

    pine or fir 1x2



    4. OGEE MOLDING



    5. BASEBOARD MOLDING

    6. CAP MOLDING

    7. SHOE MOLDING

    8. FINNISHING NAILS

    4d and 6d



    9. 3/4-INCH BRADS

    to attach ogee molding to underside of cap rail