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sources for clean modern baseboards?

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sources for clean modern baseboards?  (post #207325)

I don't really want any crown moulding on the baseboard, more of a simple 90 degree thin block.  Does anyone know where I can find something like this?  Just plain and simple BUT must have SHARP CORNERS.  I don't want the rounded look.  Doesn't even have to be 5 inches in width, smaller is ok to.  Looked at HD and didn't find anything like it.

The first pic of the hallway is what I am referring to.  Thank you

David amateur


If you were to order enough, a good millshop and/or lumberyard could supply 1/2" x whatever-3-1/2 or the 5-1/2 you see in the first picture.

If you can live with 3/4", then any lumberyard can supply it in 3-1/2, 5-1/2, 7-1/4, 9-1/4 etc.

The extra 1/4" thickness is where the special order comes in.

It would be a waste, but you could have them plane down the 3/4 to 1/2.

A rough lumber mill could give you that thickness, dress the edges and even plane/sand to give you exactly what you want.

Most cases, poplar is the stuff to get-esp. painted moldings.  Staining poplar takes a little art and has some color limitations (it starts out a bit green in color).

Sort of readily available-1/2 x 2-1/4, maybe 3-1/2 ROUND edge base and casing (the casing a bit thicker than the base so the base butts into the side of the casing.  You'd have to rip off the rounded edge to get that sharp corner you want.

WindsorOne makes some primed fingerjointed square edged trims-3-1/2, 5-1/2 probably 7 and 9 and a qtr as well.  Nice clean stuff-you'd only need to top coat (paint) it.  REAL LUMBERYARD again.


When all there is left is Home Depot and the others, don't bother coming back here to ask where to find something.  It'll be too late.


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Around here you even have

Around here you even have trouble finding "ranch" baseboard -- everything's the fancy stuff for McMansions.

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Thank you Calvin, you advice

Thank you Calvin, you advice is always timely and generous.

I am going to try with the regular 1 X 5 X 12 piece (that is slightly rounded) and take it to a lumber place and have it ripped to 1 X 4.5 X 12 or something like that, getting rid of the rounded egde that way.

Now, how should I paint it, because since I am cutting the primed MDF, it will be bare and no longer white?  What should I use on baseboards?

David amateur


you got me confused-not that hard-

What is this 1x5x12 you speak of?

In stock lumber-

there is-

1x2 (3/4x1-3/4 actual)

1x4 (3/4 x 3-1/2 actual)

1x6 (3/4 x 5-1/2 actual)

1x8 (3/4 x 7-1/4 actual)

1x10 (3/4 x 9-1/4 actual)   

1x12 (3/4 x 11-1/4 actual)

These can be had in pine with knots, clear pine, poplar and various other species.

You can sometimes find "boards" in MDF which would probably be primed-they should follow the real wood sizings above.

Rarely sometimes (except WindsorOne and a few others) you find primed finger jointed boards (real wood pieced together to form one wider/longer board)

I also have here Paulonia.  1x4, 6, 8, and 12 in width-16 ft long.  Good looking stuff, I often use it where I want square edge stock that's PRIMED.

Fill me in on what you're using for door and window casing and baseboard-size, species etc.

Remember, Casing is ALWAYS thicker, so you don't end up with butting the "same " thinkness baseboard to it and it looks like [JOBSITE WORD] because you'll never join those two elements together well.


Lemme have it.

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How did this work out for

How did this work out for you? We're about to replace our baseboards and door/window trim, and debating between boards from Home Depot that have the slightly rounded corner vs the ones from Lowes that have a sharp corner. We're concerned the square corner would be a little less durable, although they would be easier to install (no mitering, casing, etc.) and they're slightly cheaper.

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