There’s nothing like raised panel wainscoting. There are lots of other types of wainscoting, but if raised panel is the look you want, the only way to create it is with a LOT of woodworking skill and knowhow and a shaper or router table. Even then, these giant panels would have been impossible for me to create on my router table. They are just too big. Sometime’s, even DIY’ers can get some help.
I knew I wanted full wall wainscot to to echo the lines in my bookcases so I built those first. I built them out to the point where the faceframe was installed against the side walls so I could get accurate measurements as well as design my wainscoting. This is the point that I ordered from IntriG. (Sadly they are no longer in business.)
It’s super secret so I have no idea how –but the corners are sharp as a tack and look awesome! They were sanded and primed and then shipped out.
And this is how it arrived on my doorstep. Now the DIY comes back into play.
The window was a bit tricky. The fact that I did full wall wainscot added to that. I had to measure and cut a U out of two panels. I had some gaps here but just filled it with Bondo and they completely disappeared.
I wasn’t satisfied with the window at this point. My window trim was exactly the same width as the wainscot so it didn’t look like I had any window casing.
Also, the part of wainscot above the window was too narrow to have a routed panel so it was just plain and I thought it looked odd.
And that is how I installed the wainscoting in the library.