Dining Room Molding/Trim

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Project by JeffS posted 03-17-2010 04:41 PM 11321 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After many months, I finally installed the last piece of molding in our dining room today. For anyone that wants to see the entire transformation from living room to dining room, which included knocking down exterior walls, I started a blog on the home refurbers site.

I made the entire raised panel system out of 8 sheets of MDF. For the ease of installation, I based the design off of Norm’s New Yankee Workshop raised panel plans. The frame is joined with pocket screws, the panels inset in the frame with an 1/8” gap between the panel and frame, which I covered with a small piece of quarter round molding.

The panels (32 of them!) took a few evenings at the router table to get into shape. I ended up taking 3 lighter passes to keep the router bit from getting to hot.

Now I just have to finish filling the holes and put on the final coat of paint! This project has been 15 months in the making. thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 05:05 PM

Very nice. Must feel great joy and satisfaction to wrap up a 15 month long job. I have the same thing going with a bathroom project. I hope my finished project will look as nice as yours.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 05:41 PM

Very cool looks awesome.

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 05:45 PM

Looks great…I like the inlay in the hardwood floor too. Did you do that as well?

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 05:58 PM

Looks really nice…paneling adds a good look to the room. You definitely got your moneys worth out of the router table.

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 07:01 PM

Yes, I did the inlay. Actually, the only thing I didn’t do on this project was relocate the heating ducts. I just didn’t feel like messing with sheet metal that particular week. Looking forward to eating a meal in the new space!

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 07:31 PM

Outstanding! Very nicely proportioned and executed.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 08:35 PM

That looks awesome, but a ton of nails to set and fill. I have been making my own molding too and I paint it up before cutting and installing and use Loctite Power Grab glue to stick it. It’s great stuff. Just dots of it every 6 inches or so and it holds on the wall and no nail holes to set and fill.

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 11:29 PM

Wow! Nice work. Been there; done that; and I really appreciate your details.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 03-18-2010 02:01 AM

Looks pro – bro!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 03-18-2010 04:03 AM

Nice work!

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#11 posted 03-18-2010 04:16 AM

Very nice. We are looking at redoing the trim and adding crown moulding in our house and have really tall windows. looks like the perfect solution. thanks for the post.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 03-18-2010 05:26 AM

great work “so far”. looks like you have some holes to fill and some final touch ups…
nice looking trim on this project…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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