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    My architech is going to kill me!!

    Yes my archetech, a good friend of mine that is also a member on here, has helped me a lot with my new addition. By bouncing ideas off him, I think we created some great trim details on my house's siding...details that are not flashy and gaudy such as gingerbread trim on a ranch style home.

    Anyway I asked some questions about eastern white pine and trim a few days ago, and described what I intened to do. It took me 2 days to cobble my baseboard together but I think I pulled this one off.

    Its baseboard that has a lot of curves and sweeping lines to it. It also has a lot of cutout such as a "peacock pattern" on the plinth blocks around all the doors. The corners of the bedrooms also have theme cutouts such as hearts in Alyson's bedroom. I mean how else do you tell a little girl you love her everyday for the next 18 years...hearts in her bedroom's baseboard of course .

    In the master bedroom I added some shamrock cutouts as my wife is Irish. Its a batlle because I am English, but I thought I would throw her a bone on this one...and because a tower of london cut out would be too big. As for the kids spare bedroom...well I went ahead and used tractor cutouts. I figure IF we do have another curtain climber (term stolen from Vaughn) I got a 50/50 shot!!

    Anyway here are the pictures of my unique baseboard. Let me know if you like or hate it. I have thick skin and I know its not baseboard for everyone. I just wanted a house that looked custom built.







    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 10-28-2007 at 12:09 PM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Travis,
    that looks amazing! Great job!
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    Neat idea! I bet I could even talk my wife into doing Irish Setter cutout ones! Only drawback I see is painting the walls...might be fun painting within the cutout! Might be interesting to laser cut the designs into the wood, but not all the way through. Wouldn't have the paint problem that way, just dust! Jim.
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    Travis, very neat. Very precisely job I guess, and having a lot of patients, right !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim O'Dell View Post
    Neat idea! I bet I could even talk my wife into doing Irish Setter cutout ones! Only drawback I see is painting the walls...might be fun painting within the cutout! Might be interesting to laser cut the designs into the wood, but not all the way through. Wouldn't have the paint problem that way, just dust! Jim.
    Jim..I painted the walls first, then put up the baseboard. That worked out well on the hearts and shamrocks, but the tractor cut out was too big. The tires went below my paintline as I used a roller and just went as low as I could go using that. Personally I dislike the tractor one. It should have been a bit smaller for beter visual effect. Still if you paint the walls first, you could paint lower in the corners with a paint brush and not have to paint inside the cut-outs.

    By the way, the 3rd picture down does not show the details well, but it gives a great shot of how the baseboard "flows" around the rooms. You can see through the doorway the closet corner. I did not use any theme-base cut outs there to save a little time as scrollsawing out those shapes took some serious time. Still that picture shows a theme-based corner, the doorway peacocks, and a closet corner.

    I tried to put a lot of thought into every detail so that everything flowed...even in the closets and places where no one will ever see them. I think doing the smallest details, even in the obscure places...is what makes a project...any project...stand out. I just wanted a house with baseboard that did not look like someone came in, tossed a bunch of boards on the wall and moved on as quickly as they could. Yeah I used pine, but hopefully the use of pine is mitigated by the look of raised corners and lots of sweeping curves.
    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 10-28-2007 at 01:43 PM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    What a neat idea. Those will add some real unique character to your home!

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    nice work mate....I cant see why your architect friend would kill you though
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    What a terrific idea! I like it a lot. You did a great job on all of them. I think it adds quite a bit of character!

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    Good idea and good execution of that idea Travis. It's too cute for for the decor in our house, but it would suit a lot of places.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Travis,

    I really like the baseboards! Especially the shamrocks.
    That is a pretty creative idea.
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