Yep I think its time someone tarred and feathered me. Maybe its the drywall dust and paint fumes that are getting to me, or maybe its the lack of sawdust I have been making lately. I am not sure but I am about to make the most egregious, naughtiest, nastiest mistake any woodworker can do, and I am about to do it knowing full well I know better...
Yep I am going to use White Pine for my baseboards.
The problem is, I realized while I have tons of hardwood, I don't have tons of hardwood of the SAME SPECIES. I got Ash, Oak, Basswood and Popular, but not a thousand feet of he same stuff and that is what its going to take to do all the baseboard in my new house.
Now the questions...
Do you think its a good idea to use pine for the baseboards, then do something else for the door trim? What I mean is, I could use a good hardwood like Cheery or Ash for the door trim, but how would that look getting tied into the baseboard? I am even tempted at using white pine for the door trim too. Its just that its easy to obtain. Here in the Pine Tree State they practicably give it away and it comes surfaced on all four sides. If I use my rough lumber, I will spend the majority of my time getting it into a finished board.
I got one more temptation too, and that is adding curves and brackets to make the baseboard and door trim look seemless, kind of like I did on the outside of my house. Its hard to describe, but basically the top of the baseboard would be horizontal, then sweep upward in an arch as it entered the vertical stiles of the doorframe. In the end the baseboard and door trim would look like it flowed around each room in an un-ending ribbon of straight and curved wood.