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Basement window trim

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:51 pm
by tpirovol
Hey Guys,

Just wondering what type of wood I should use to frame out the window? This is what I am trying to achieve?
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Was thinking this wood? https://www.lowes.ca/plywood/taiga-buil ... 06052.html

Thanks T

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:56 pm
by A. Spruce
You can spend $80 on a sheet of plywood if you want, or, you could just use lumber. If there is any moisture at the window,I would use lumber over plywood or MDF products. If you are going paint grade, pine, hemlock, and poplar are all inexpensive solutions. If you want stain grade, then you'll want just about anything besides pine.

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:03 am
by tpirovol
Ok so the best a little bit of moisture (Dripping off window, potentially) then would Pine be the best? This will be painted on both sides like you recommended!

Thanks Again.

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:25 am
by A. Spruce
Any inexpensive wood will do, pine, poplar, etc. The only caveat is that you want it relatively knot free and the knots that are there must be green and tight. What is a "green" knot, it is one that is still integrated into the wood, unlike a dead knot that will be cracked or falling out.

It also goes without saying that you want straight, flat, true lumber and not twisted, bent, or cupped.

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:29 pm
by tpirovol
Hey guys,

Should this be 1/2 or 3/4? Also having trouble finding the right one can someone let me know from homedepot.ca what I should get? Going tomorrow.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... rm=plywood#

Sorry I am a noob!
Terry

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:15 pm
by A. Spruce
Either thickness will suffice. Did you allow any particular thickness in your framing, for instance, the window sill, is the framing 1/2" or 3/4" lower than the corner of the beveled concrete sill?

Re: Basement window trim

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 pm
by Shannon
hemlock is an expensive option here in Canada. I personally would use MDF unless the windows leave puddles. You can buy 1/4 or half sheets if you don't need more then that. Also if the window jamb needs to be wider then 5-1/2" you start to run out of options fast with solid lumber, up here anyways.