Brett Lipton
Brett Lipton
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  • New York, NY

Dress up Corners With Handmade Plinth Blocks

10 Materials
$9
2 Hours
Medium

Corner molding never looked clean to me, so I made 50+ of these plinth blocks to dress up my room's inside and outside corners! Similar off-the-rack products are sold for $5.00 each, but I made 50 of them for less than $9.00 total.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
I started by gluing two 2 3/4" MDF panels together.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Next, I clamped them together to create a very tight mend.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Once they were really secure, I sliced them on my table saw into 1-1/2" blocks.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Here's how they looked after cutting. Just a few simple wood blocks.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
I then routered the edges on two sides to give them a finished look. The other sides will be inside the corners of the walls so I want those nice and straight so they'll be flush with the wall.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
They were then sanded to clean up the saw blade marks and router imperfections.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks
Once they were are clean, I laid them out on come cardboard to be sealed.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Here they are being primed so they can accept paint without swelling. This is a very important step.
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Here is how the sample looked after the primer dried on the first one. Much cleaner and nicer, right?
dress up corners with handmade plinth blocks, home maintenance repairs, wall decor, woodworking projects
Here is what they look like installed, prior to being caulked & painted. As you can see I made inside & outside corners. Doesn't that make such a huge difference? It's surprising what a large impact such a small update can have!
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  • Magi
    on May 14, 2019

    Extremely cool idea! What a time saver and looks very professional , very, very, cool!

  • Jackie
    on May 22, 2019

    Could you show how you cut the outside corner please thanks so much.

  • Sarah Kimsey
    on May 30, 2019

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  • Candice Gollam
    on Jun 14, 2019

    fabulous!!

  • CHANDRA MARTINEZ
    30 minutes ago

    My honey did the exact same thing! He found the 8" x 16' wood trim at a Habitat for Humanity for $8 each. Incredible find. I think the wide planks and the corner plinths add a quiet personality, a slight vintage feel with a bit of a tribute to older day craftsmanship. The only thing I don't like about it is that I want to show off my corners now... but things seem to get put in corners... couches, dressers, lamps, chairs... oh well. I know they are there and are beautiful. Well done Brett. Keep carpentering on! Its a wonderful skill to have - I hope you are passing it on.

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