Window boards.

1 Jan 2007
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I need a bit of urgent help please. We are doing a new build and have decided on pine skirtings and architraves. (Originally, due to a mis-understanding, it was all going to be painted MDF !)

But we would also like pine window boards as well. But we need 250mm wide boards and are told that (a) we will never find them this width and we would be stupid to fit them even if we did because they will move. and (b) They will almost certainly be at least two boards joined in which case they will move in different directions !

Is there a light hardwood that we could use instead that can be obtained in 250mm and which wouldn't move as much as pine and we could stain and varnish in the same way ?

We are getting on with plastering and tiling and this has just cropped up ! We have plastered where there are going to be tiles in the windows and left the brick/blockwork as is for where we want window boards.

What are our options please ? Thanks for any help that anyone can give.
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Fitted hundreds of window boards in conservatories etc and more than half of them were 200mm to 275mm...which were two boards joined together and I have never been back to any of them because they have moved in different

Sounds more like the person who told you it was stupid to do so,is a bodger :)

All you need to do is use a biscuit joiner to fix two boards together and some glue....or you could use a slotted screw joint to join them together but that will take longer and is an old school way of joining boards..

If you don't have the tools,ask your local joiner to do it.

If you are plastering the walls remember to allow enough wood to show or the boards will look odd once the plastering is finished.
Thank you for that. I managed to work things out with the builders and we are indeed joining two boards together. And we have allowed for an overhang of the plaster for each board.

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