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Posted by David on February 27th, 2003 06:35 PM
In reply to Wainscoting and chair rail by Michele on February 27th, 2003 06:23 PM [Go to top of thread]

Michelle, this really depends on what you want to do.

If you want a finished wood with the frames on it, you can use 1/4" (hardwood of your choice here)- faced ply, or quite a few hardwoods are also available in what's called "doorskin." Doorskin is more like 1/8" in thickness, and could readily be applied without changing or removing baseboard.

If you're wanting a smooth, painted wainscot, you can use the drywall, with no backer, or again, as thin as 1/8" doorskin; Birch face will give you a tight, slick grain, oak will have more character showing through the paint.

If you don't want to remove your baseboard, I'd go with a doorskin.

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