Frank Lloyd Wright Quote

"Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union"

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dining Room Trim Profiles

Those of us lucky enough to live in Portland have two excellent local suppliers of traditional millwork. I used McCoy Millwork for all of my kitchen trim and Rejuvenation for all of the dining room trim. Sorry to say Rejuvenation can't ship any of its millwork, but McCoy will gladly ship anything anywhere.

This is a mockup of the plate rail I am installing in the dining room.

I kept the original baseboards (5/8" x 7-1/2") and ran the panel battens vertically between the bottom of the built-up plate rail and the baseboards. I removed the original base cap and used the #1723 panel stops to frame each panel section.

The sizes and item numbers (per the Rejuvenation catalog) are as follows:

1-1/2" x 3" Plate Rail - 4497
3/4" x 5-1/2" Flat Casing- 7721
5/8" x 2-1/2" Panel Batten - 9871
3/8" x 1/2" Panel Stop - 1723


  1. I was going to ask about your trim profiles and source-- thanks for sharing.

    By the way, how are you attaching the moulding to the wall. I assume there might need to be some extra care involved to avoid surface cracks or broken keys in the plaster walls.

  2. Josh,

    I am using a few dabs of panel adhesive and a pneumatic brad nailer. The gun does a good job of securing the trim to the lathe without cracking the plaster. I also use good old-fashioned finish nails on the ends and wherever I know there is a stud. I'll post more details about the whole process when I do the next wall.