Wainscoting in the basement part 5
Onward we go…I finished off the MDF strips and sanded the joints flush then got a start on the molding detail inside the panels. When it came time to install the trim, the issue of the MDF not all being the same thickness really came to the forefront. When I did the two panels in the corner to the right of the door, I pushed the trim in all the way and it provided a 1/16 inch reveal on the edge of the MDF. However when I started trimming the panels to the left of the door, the trim edged past the MDF to reveal itself about 1/16 inch. So that means the MDF to the left of the door is 1/8 inch thinner that the MDF that was used to the right of the door. So now its to think about what to do.
Do I nibble away the back end of the wood trim so that there is a 1/16″ to match what I started out doing? Or, do I pull out the trim to the right of the door and make it flush with the MDF and install the trim in the panels on the left side of the door as is, sticking out 1/16″ and then hit them with the orbit sander after the glue dries? It came down to which would take more trips to the garage. So we decided to install and hit with the sander when the trim is all installed. I took my time getting a good fit because I did not want to use the nailer if at all possible. The wall was a bit wonky on the panel to the left of the door to I needed to force the trim to bend a bit, nails required. A few extra nail holes in the grand scheme of things should not be too noticeable. 🙂 Time sure does fly. 3.5 hrs