Step 6: Fit against door casing

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Within 2 feet or so of a doorway, measure how far the casing is from the top and the bottom of the beadboard. If there's a difference between these measurements, gradually fan out successive pieces until they become parallel with the casing.

Dry fit the last two full-width boards and measure the remaining distance to the casing. Cut the third piece to that width on a table saw.

Apply adhesive to the wall. Then put all three pieces together, bent to form a slight curve, and press them all at once between the casing and wainscot.

The same approach works for inside corners, but doesnâ?™t demand the same precise fit; any gap with the wall will be covered by the next piece

Tip: A back bevel, planed along the edge of the board that touches the casing, ensures a tight fit.

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    Tools List

    • drill
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    • two-foot level
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      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