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are these knots a bad idea for window trim? (pics included)

are these knots a bad idea for window trim? (pics included)

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Question are these knots a bad idea for window trim? (pics included)

I'm attempting to put up window trim in our bedrooms, and need to set up jambs similar to this pic:
http://i42.tiny pic.com/21ew7yw.jpg

I searched for close to an hour going through countless pieces of wood, but the best pieces I could find them still contain a few knots that will be exposed after they're installed:
http://i41.tiny pic.com/2vhusfm.jpg
http://i40.tiny pic.com/m8monm.jpg
http://i42.tiny pic.com/2dgth5w.jpg

Considering that I plan to prime/paint these jambs (white), will these knots still show up?

Also, is it fine to prime the wood after I'm finished with the installation, or is it better to prime beforehand?

Thanks.
 
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Your pix are not showing up. Try uploading them on a site such as photobucket.com and copy/paste the HTML code to your reply.
 
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I couldn't get the links to work

Basically you can get most anything in paint condition. It may require spackling and sealing the knots with a solvent base primer. I used to paint for a builder that used some cheap wood for a pass thru shelf and wanted to know why mine always looked better than the others. When he found out that I skimmed the ones I painted with joint compound - later contracts were revised so all the painters had to

Any repairs will need to be done after installation and they need to be primed, other than that, it's personal choice wether to prime before or after it's nailed up.
 
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For some reason, this site didn't seem to like the URLs when I pasted them in.

So, I put a space between the words "tiny" and "pic".

Let's see if these will work...

Sample jambs:
http://xrl.us/beojor

Pics of my wood:
http://xrl.us/beojoz
http://xrl.us/beojo3
http://xrl.us/beojo7
 

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You will probably be able to see the knots through the paint, but it depends how much you want to spend and how perfect you want it to look.

You normally don't use #2 SPF lumber for trim. For paint grade trim, you usually use clear douglas fir... poplar... mdf... plywood with a solid wood banding... etc. You can also get veneered jambs made of MDF or particle board which are a fairly inexpensive way to make window jambs.

In your case, your best bet would probably be to go to the millwork dept at your local lumber yard and pick up preprimed jamb stock, of whichever length is best for your needs. They are inexpensive.
 
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Originally Posted by XSleeper View Post
...For paint grade trim, you usually use clear douglas fir... poplar... mdf... plywood with a solid wood banding... etc. You can also get veneered jambs made of MDF or particle board which are a fairly inexpensive way to make window jambs.

In your case, your best bet would probably be to go to the millwork dept at your local lumber yard and pick up preprimed jamb stock...
Thanks for the advice--I appreciate it!
 
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