Two quirks with new trim install

Old 05-14-17, 04:42 PM
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Two quirks with new trim install

I'm installing new trim throughout much of our first floor and I've got two installation areas where I'm looking for advice on the best look. For reference, here's a couple photos of our base treatment, which is a combination of 5 1/4" base, a 5 3/4" tall by 1 1/4" plinth, and shoe (sorry for the askew photos):

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My first question has to do with how best I should terminate my shoe into what I guess would be called the stringer of my stairs. Although my base will terminate no problem, my shoe will stick out a bit. Should I return miter this (90? 22 1/2?) at the stringer and be done, or run this shoe continuously all the way around the stringer and newel post (with several outside corner miters and inside corner copes), or something else? Here's a few pics of the situation (the last pic is from the opposite end viewing the post and stringer):

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Second, I have a closet where I've already installed the plinth blocks and nothing else. I know that one wall in my closet is too close to the entry, and so when I install the base and shoe these will run to a certain extent into the face of the plinth unless I do something differently. Granted, this is a closet so it's not mission critical, but is there an ideal way to handle close quarters like this so that things look as good as possible? I can remove or do whatever I need to with the plinth if that would help.


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Old 05-14-17, 05:04 PM
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Cut your shoe at a 30 degree angle to where it dies directly on the vertical. If your molding is 3/4" and the vertical is 1", then cut your shoe with a 1/4" square edge at the end of the base and angle it back from that point at 30 degrees.

For your closet without base, just trim it in shoe and let it die into the plinth block. IMO adding base would make it too bulky looking.
Old 05-14-17, 05:10 PM
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Shoe either gets butted, returned or bobbed at a 45, depending on the situation.
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I agree terminate the show at the bottom of the stairs with a 30 or 45 degree cut and don't continue the shoe to wrap around all the existing moulding at the end of the stairs.


I think I know what you mean about the closet - the wall which holds the door is only about 3" long of a wall on the inside of the closet, so when you add the plinth on the inside, then the wall that meets that 3" wall will have moulding that runs into the face of the plinth. ?

I would either leave the plinth out or run the moulding (base and 1/4 round) into the face of the plinth. I wouldn't cut the plinth to be narrower to prevent the other wall's mounding from terminating into the face of the plinth.
Personally yes I would install the plinth and terminate the joined wall's moulding into the face of the plinth.

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