Below are some simple instructions to help
make your project easier and the finished
product look better.
- It is easier to finish the wood before
installing it, but make sure and let it dry
thoroughly before installation.
- It is best to put a sealing finish on the
underside or non-visible side, as well, to keep
the product from taking on moisture resulting in
possible warping or movement. A clear sanding
sealer can be used.
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1: Cut to desired length and attach
pre-notched base to wall section to be covered
with wainscotting. Pre drill all holes to
prevent splitting. Trim screws or finish nails
can be used to attach the base. Countersink all
nails and screws so the holes can be puttied to
match the wood when the project is complete. Be
careful not to split the wood.|
2: Cut wainscott to desired height
(don't forget to add the cap and base) and slide
into the notched dado of the base. Make sure
tongue and groove are pushed tightly together.
Occasionally measure to your stopping point
horizontally from the top and the bottom of your
wainscott so you can adjust you boards slightly
to prevent a gap from the top to the bottom at
the finish. If necessary, small amounts (just
dots) of construction adhesive can be applied to
the back of the wainscott to prevent any
3: Add the pre-notched chair-rail/cap
over the tongue and groove panels. It is a good
idea to check the level of the cap by measuring
from the floor up to the top of the cap or use a
level, to make sure everything will line up when
you are finished. If necessary the cap can be
adjusted up a little on either end to match wall
paper lines or other existing items in the room.
Pre drill and nail tightly into place through
heaviest section of chair-rail. Nailing should
be spaced to hit the studs behind drywall or
into another solid backing material that will
hold nails. Now stand back and admire your work,