craftsman style large baseboard detroit metroCraftsman/Prairie Style

I love the angular steps of this baseboard design.  It’s like Falling Water, but without the water, kind of.

I based it on one of Frank Loyd Wright’s baseboards, but from which home I don’t remember.

I probably saw it while leafing through one of those giant coffee table books of his but was too cheap to buy.

This three-piece baseboard is seven inches tall and is made from simple MDF board and a common quarter-round base shoe.  I know I say this a lot, but… you could buy the materials to make it yourself today and install it this weekend!

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I left a gap below the baseboard to allow for carpet installation. Yes, I know, on top of wood floors.

Molding Inventory to Make this Baseboard: About $1.07/lf


This is the 3/4″ thick MDF board that I ripped down to make the 6″ wide baseboard foundation.  You can get about 7 ea. 8′ long boards from one sheet.  That means each board cost you about $4.66 ea. or about $0.58/lf.

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$32.64/sheet = about $0.58/lf.


I made the baseboard cap out of this 1/2″ MDF board.  You can make about 45 ea., 1″ tall base caps from a single sheet of this MDF board.  That’s how I came up with the price below.

More about MDF-200 here >>

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About $0.61/8′ stick of base cap. Or, about $0.08/lf. Man that’s cheap!


This is a simple 1/4-round base shoe you can buy most any place they sell moldings.

More about PM-006 here >>

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About $0.41/lf.

[See all the moldings I use on TJOM at DIY Molding Inventory page.]

how to install tall wainscotingDIY WAINSCOTING-100

Learn step by step how to install the wainscoting that goes with this project.