baseboard moldingCraftsman & Victorian Style

8′ Wide X 3/4″ Thick

This is one of the simplest, most affordable and dramatic baseboard molding design known to man.

Seriously, buy a sheet of mdf board, rip it down to 8″ or 10″ strips, sand the exposed end grain and install.

That’s it.

You’ve just reproduced a spectacular baseboard found in historic Craftsman homes, Arts & Crafts bungalows and simple Victorian farmhouses throughout North America.

[This post is part of The Joy of Craftsman Moldings series.]

Materials Needed to Make this Baseboard


You can get 5 ea., 8′ long X 8″ wide strips by ripping a 4′ X 8′ sheet of MDF-300 on your table saw.

MDF-300 costs a mere $0.82/lf for one 8′ long board.

More about MDF-300 here >>

Base Shoe

I’m not a big fan of the base shoe profile used on in the above example, I like them simpler. That’s why I’m including PM-006 as the preferred base shoe.

You can paint your base shoe the same color as your moldings or you can stain it the color of your floors — it’s up to you — both versions are correct.

PM-006 $0.41/lf

More about PM-006 here >>

molding & millwork

From Michigan to Arizona

The baseboard example pictured above came from an historic home in Michigan. You can read more about it here: Craftsman Style Moldings at Bev’s House.

The baseboard example pictured below came from an historic Craftsman home in Tucson, Arizona. You can read more about it here: Craftsman Moldings & Crepes in Tucson’s Cafe Marcel.

baseboard molding

You can expect to see many more examples of this baseboard here on The Joy of Moldings. That’s because I want to show you the great variety of historic home styles where it is found.

Until the next one, good luck!