05:57AM | 10/12/04
Member Since: 10/11/04
3 lifetime posts
I'm designing a nursery for my daughter and I would really love to do moldings at plate rail height and have the look of raised panels beneath, but I cannot afford the raised panel wainscot...what is the best way to get this look without spending a lot of $? I was thinking just running vertical pieces with a horizontal piece dividing it into sections, but what type of wood should i use or would mdf be better for that? any advice would be greatly appreciated! feel free to email me directly!

Mark Hammond

05:10PM | 10/15/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts

You can put together wainscotting on your wall just as you would build a raised panel door. Use the baseboard as the bottom rail (the horizontal piece and the stiles (the vertical pieces) can then be set into place in between. The rail on the top can be square edge pine and run parallel with the bottom. You would then cap the top rail with then "plate" rail (usually 1x4 pine with a rounded over edge) with a small piece of molding underneath to help support and dress the look of the wall up a bit. Start the run of stiles on one end of the wall and finish it on the other end with another. Spaceing the panels and stiles is critical so that you get no spaces. The grade of pine is also important so buy a grade that has little or no knots. The panels can be cut as raised panels or you can use molding to emulate the shape of the panels. All joints between rails and stiles are butt joints but should either be mortise and tenon on the ends or use biscuits between the pieces with a touch of glue.....MJH
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