Trimming Large Opening

Old 11-10-05, 01:49 PM
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Trimming Large Opening

I'm in the process of finishing my basement. I have several large rectangular entries that I won't be installing a door in - just plan to trim it out with moulding.

But what I don't know is what board do i use for the interior of the rectangular opening. Do i use just any 1"x6" (basement framed with 6" studs) or use a finished board. I'm guessing i'll just paint these with regular paint. I know this sounds dumb, but I looked in the trim at Lowes and didn't see anything there. Do I just use casing?

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I just used 1 X 6 white oak, ripped to fit... and stained/sealed to match the casing around the window........ Came out very nice....
Old 11-10-05, 03:53 PM
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Assuming your 6" studs are 2x6's, and assuming you have 1/2" drywall on each side, the usual thing to do would be to purchase paint grade 6 9/16" jamb stock and build a standard sized jamb for each of the openings. A 1x6 is only 5 1/2" wide, which is what 2x6's also are.
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You can rip 1x8 or plywood to size.
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I just got done working on some high-end condos ($700,000 in upstate NY). They had openings much the same as you describe, and were using Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) in the openings. MDF is very stable and should work well.
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edit: I missed the 6" framing, all the above sound like good ideas.

You can also buy regular door jambs at any big boxes for about $20 an opening. I had a similar situation and I went ahead and bought a prehung door for $28. I figured I could just remove the door and be set if I decide later to add a door. I ended up liking the door and keep it in place.
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Thanks. Will look for the jambs and also look at mdf. Didn't think of that.

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