A Simple Approach to Paneled Wainscot
Built on a bench and finished with stock moldings, these panels don’t lose any points for style.
Synopsis: Taking its design cues from traditional raised panel wainscot, author Gary Striegler’s system for building this classic trim treatment is far simpler without sacrificing the authentic look. The techniques in this article can be applied to new construction and remodels, and Gary offers installation tips on laying out, assembling, and detailing the wainscot, as well as installing window and door casing, backband molding, baseboard, and cap rail. Photos: Antonio Panetta
I’ve done wainscot lots of different ways, and each job has its own balance of cost, complexity, and final appearance. But one of my favorite methods is to build a pocket-screw-joined frame on my workbench or sawhorses, fasten plywood to the back and panel molding to the front, and then install the whole thing in prebuilt sections. I like this system because it’s fast but doesn’t sacrifice final appearance for that speed. Plus, when installed over wavy walls,…