baseboard moldingTraditional Style

Here is a rare instance where I used a tall, one-piece baseboard as part of a larger buildup instead of my usual three-piece buildup: cap, fascia and shoe.

In this case I used it as a base for some fireplace pilasters. There were so many corners to wrap it around that I felt it would help save some time by making them all from one piece.

However, after working with this otherwise very nice profile, I still prefer to make my baseboards from three separate pieces.

Here’s why.

Narrow, Warped Pieces

The heat generated when cutting through the baseboard is transferred from the blade and into the wood, and this causes it to warp the very narrow pieces I needed — sometimes only a little and sometimes a lot.

The warped pieces make assembly more difficult, and results in having to use more spackling on the finished joints.

I wrote a separate post about Wood Molding Warpage here >>

Price & Specs

  • Price Per Foot  $2.45
  • Material  Poplar
  • Dimensions  7″ tall X 7/8″ thick at the bottom
  • Vendor  Molding & millwork retailer or lumber yard

Patterns That Use This Molding Profile


[This is part of my Molding & Millwork Inventory series.]