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Many will even grind new knives from a sketch or sample, the way American Cedar and Millwork in Millersville, Maryland, does. Their shop offers the profiles shown in this gallery as well as thousands more. From their collection, or that of any custom mill, a homeowner looking to dress up a house can choose a set of pieces that give proportion and beauty to an otherwise naked set of walls.

Shown: Baseboards camouflage an awkward transition between the butt ends of flooring and the wall. Anywhere from 2 to 12 inches high (or more, in the formal front parlors of grand houses), baseboards might sport shoe molding at the bottom (designed to keep dust out of the floor-wall joint) and base cap on top. Either can be an integral part of the base itself or attatched as separate pieces.
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