Ask TOH users about Wainscoting

Contribute to This Story Below

    Video Directory

    Selected Topic/Section

      Tools List

      • utility knife
        utility knife
      • flat prybar
        pry bar
      • chalk line
        chalk line or straightedge to mark cuts on the plywood
      • four-foot level
        4-foot level
      • circular saw
        circular saw
      • caulk gun
        caulk gun
      • studfinder
        stud finder
      • brad nailer
        nail gun
      • miter saw
        miter saw
      • japanese pull saw
        flush-cut saw to back-cut existing moldings
      • speed square
        Speed Square
      • cold chisel
        chisel

      Shopping List

      Painter's tape

      ¼inch plywood.
      Get enough to cover the entire area of your wainscoting with the grain running vertically.

      1x4 for the stiles

      1x5 for the corner stiles

      1x6 for the bottom rail.

      1x8 for the top rail and baseboard.
      Get enough to cover each wall twice.

      Stool for the chair-rail cap.
      Choose a profile deep enough to extend beyond the layered depth of the plywood, rail, and apron.

      Casing for the apron

      Panel molding to trim the panels Base-cap molding

      Shoe molding

      Panel adhesive

      2½-inch finishing nails to install the stiles, rails, baseboard, apron, and chair rail

      1½-inch finishing nails to install the panel, base cap, and shoe moldings

      Wood glue

      Wood filler

      Adhesive latex caulk.
      Choose primed boards and molding to save time.