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Tools and material check list:
Power Drill Screws
Bamboo Molding Steel Measuring Tape
Hammer Level
Nail Set Miter Box
Backsaw Coping Saw
Nails Putty Knife

There are a few different types of bamboo moldings that works with our bamboo ceiling and wall covers. The most common interior moldings can be divided into three basic functions:

bulletBamboo ceiling molding can cover the gaps between the wall and the ceiling.
bulletBamboo base molding can cover the gaps between the floor and the walls.

This document will help you install these basic types of bamboo moldings. You'll be able to put a finishing touch to just about any type of bamboo project.

Our bamboo molding is made out of mature thick wall Moso bamboo. Our bamboo molding is processed and machined to match the needs of molding projects.

Step 1


bulletOur ceiling molding is machined cut to install to join the wall and ceiling.
bulletBamboo base molding comes in a variety of different sizes and styles. They can be combined for a traditional look. Our bamboo base molding can be used in conjunction with a base shoe, a small quarter round molding that is applied on the base for a finished look.

 Step 2


Fig A

bulletThe first step is to locate the wall studs and mark their location on the wall just above the height of the baseboard with a light pencil mark. When you buy bamboo ceiling and base molding, try and buy lengths that will allow you to make complete runs without joints; if you can't do so, add 2' to any lengths that will be joined, so you can cut the joint over a stud.
bulletTo install base molding, start from any door. Measure from the door to the nearest wall. Cut the end of the first piece of base square, then measure the door-to-wall distance and cut the other end, also square. Pre drill a pilot holes through the bamboo moldings and nail the first piece in place with pairs of 6d finish nails driven into each stud and the floor plate it rests on.
bulletThe second piece of base will be joined to the first with a coped cut at the inside corner (see image above fig A). To make a coped cut, first cut the end of the piece at a 45-degree angle with the short side of the miter toward the face of the piece. Finish the cut with a coping saw, carefully following the cut edge along the face of the piece (see image).
bulletMeasure from the bottom of the first piece of base to the next corner, then square-cut the second piece at the other end so it butts into the corner. Repeat the process for each inside corner.
bulletUse a miter cut at outside corners. Few outside corners are exactly 90 degrees, so you'll have to use a T-bevel to find the exact angle, then divide by two and cut each piece of base to that angle.
bulletIf you need to join two pieces of molding in the middle of a run, set the first piece in place and mark the center point of the stud nearest to the end of the piece. Subtract half the thickness of the molding, then cut the end using an open miter cut (see image). Install the first piece, but don't nail over the last stud where the piece is mitered.


bulletCeiling molding is installed much like base molding, except that ceiling molding is not applied flat against the wall. Instead, it covers the joint at a 45-degree angle.
bulletIf you have nothing but inside corners to deal with, the process is easy-simply install each piece with a square cut at one end and a coped cut at the other.
bulletIf you have outside corners, they'll have to be mitered. Again the process is simple, as long as you clamp the molding in the miter saw at the same 45-degree angle at which it will be installed.
bulletTo avoid damaging the surface of the molding, drive the nail to within an 1/8" of the surface. Use a nail set to finish driving the nail. Putty can be used to fill the nail hole.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by MGP. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither MGP, or any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.




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