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matt_vo 07-17-2012 07:34 PM

Door header and trim thickness
Hey all,
I'm trying to achieve what can be seen on this picture. There's a little detail that I'm not sure how to do. I'd like to have the header slightly thicker than the side trims so it will stand out more. However, MDF mouldings I bought are the same thickness. What are your suggestions on getting the header out a little, say by 1/8"?
Thanks all,

nealtw 07-17-2012 08:08 PM

Cut your own header out of thicker MDF.

joecaption 07-17-2012 11:41 PM

I just never use MDF for any molding. Tends to fall apart at the first sign of moisture.
Use 5/4 pine for the header, not 3/4"

matt_vo 07-18-2012 09:08 AM

Yea, never worked with MDF either, but it's cheaper and thought I'd give it a try.
Didn't see any 5/4 boards MDF. Might just get pine for the headers.


joecaption 07-19-2012 05:22 AM

MDF is ok, not great, I'd never use it in a damp area, and it's harder to finish an outside corner with it because it tends to fuss up.

nealtw 07-19-2012 12:48 PM

Joe; I used mdf preprimed molding in my place. I like it because it is straight ,no cracks and no knots. I came home one day to a half inch of water on my laminate flooring. I was really surprized that I had no dammage to the molding. I'm sure if left longer it would have been a problem but pine or other woods would also swell and support mold growth, so both would need to be replaced.
It cuts nice and I have no problem with outside corners. And yes my floor is now tiled.

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