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dougstritonv8

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11-18-2020 07:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing poplar 12 lumber interior window trim finish carpentry window jamb jamb lumber yard window aspen

Hello. I am doing a remodel on my house and getting ready to start the interior trim. My house is over 100 years old and I am looking to trim out the windows. Previously I had no casing and just had it finished with drywall, corner round and an apron that was made out of poplar.

Question I have now is I want to trim everything out of wood and having a hard time finding what I need at my local hardware store like Home Depot, Lowes and Menards. I want to finish the window jamb with poplar. I was wondering if I can get 1/2” poplar in 6-8’ lengths that is 6-8” wide? I wonder if anyone had any luck finding 1/2” lumber? 1×6 is too thick for my application and I do want to plane 1/4” off them down to get them down to 1/2”. I was wondering if you guys know if local lumber yards could get you what you need? The only 1/2” lumber that I could find was aspen at Menards and I don’t know how well that holds up to weather, even though this is interior trim that will be painted. If poplar is hard to find in 1/2” is there any other types of lumber that I could use that comes in that size that is budget friendly since this will be painted.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 11-18-2020 08:14 PM

Why are you fixated on 1/2” trim? There are many 100 year-old houses with 3/4” trim. Why would poplar be okay if the original was oak? If you’re going to be a perfectionist, go all the way!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 11-18-2020 08:21 PM

Lumber yards often have planers and will dimension boards for customers. Call around.

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#3 posted 11-18-2020 08:23 PM

A 100 year old home is 100% custom trim. I think you will need to either get close or be prepared to mill something

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#4 posted 11-19-2020 12:31 AM

I would expect full 3/4 or 1” casing in a late 1800 early 1900s house.

1/2 is thinner than any normal casing.

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#5 posted 11-19-2020 01:31 PM

Okay I forgot to add this in my message. Reason I am looking for 1/2” poplar or if the lumber yards carry something like that is so I don’t have to tear out the drywall jambs and just overlay the 1/2 poplar on top of the drywall. 3/4” might not look right and not have much reveal between the jamb and the double hung window. I could probably get away with 3/4” but was going to see if I could locate 1/2” poplar first. Thanks all for you.

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#6 posted 11-19-2020 01:33 PM



Lumber yards often have planers and will dimension boards for customers. Call around.

- Loren

Thanks for the reply. That is the more then likely the route I am going to take. Just wondering if you guys have had luck finding odd sizes of lumber. I know 1/2” isnt all the typical.

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#7 posted 11-19-2020 01:34 PM



A 100 year old home is 100% custom trim. I think you will need to either get close or be prepared to mill something

- controlfreak

Thanks, looks like the route I am going to have to take. Hopefully my lumber yard can hook me up and plane it for me.

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dougstritonv8

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#8 posted 11-19-2020 01:38 PM



Why are you fixated on 1/2” trim? There are many 100 year-old houses with 3/4” trim. Why would poplar be okay if the original was oak? If you re going to be a perfectionist, go all the way!

- Phil32

Thanks I was hoping to overlay it over the existing drywall rather creating more work and repair. I was thinking of oak but its a little more pricier and I was painting it. Not really trying to be a perfectionist, even though I am a stickler on detail.

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#9 posted 11-19-2020 02:00 PM

You need ti find a millwork supply for something like this.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 11-19-2020 02:02 PM



Okay I forgot to add this in my message. Reason I am looking for 1/2” poplar or if the lumber yards carry something like that is so I don t have to tear out the drywall jambs and just overlay the 1/2 poplar on top of the drywall. 3/4” might not look right and not have much reveal between the jamb and the double hung window. I could probably get away with 3/4” but was going to see if I could locate 1/2” poplar first. Thanks all for you.

- dougstritonv8

Ah you mean for the extension jambs. The tract home solution around here is drywall returns with casing nailed on top.. assuming paint grade.

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#11 posted 11-24-2020 09:55 PM

Why ‘t don’t you rip 1x stock , poplar or pine or whatever down to 1/2”? How deep are the extensions? With a 10” table saw, you should be able to get it. Just my 2 cents. Don’t over-complicate it!

Good luck, Kimball

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