Home improvement/buying wood question

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Hi expert curlies, I'm planning to build some cornice boards for my windows. I have the fabric and a staple gun, and I am fully confident in my abilities to be able to do it. My question is about buying the wood to make them. Rumor has it Home Depot (or Lowes) will cut wood to size for me? Will they really cut all the pieces I need? I'm doing 5 windows, so that's basically 5 larger pieces of wood and 10 smaller pieces (for the sides). I don't currently own a saw, although I would buy one if necessary.

So...tips? Suggestions? What kind of wood, how to get it the right size, etc.
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Hi expert curlies, I'm planning to build some cornice boards for my windows. I have the fabric and a staple gun, and I am fully confident in my abilities to be able to do it. My question is about buying the wood to make them. Rumor has it Home Depot (or Lowes) will cut wood to size for me? Will they really cut all the pieces I need? I'm doing 5 windows, so that's basically 5 larger pieces of wood and 10 smaller pieces (for the sides). I don't currently own a saw, although I would buy one if necessary.

So...tips? Suggestions? What kind of wood, how to get it the right size, etc.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Why not just hire a carpenter for this one? It's not a big structural thing; you can easily find a carpenter on CL or in the business card bowl at the front on HD or wherever.
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Hi expert curlies, I'm planning to build some cornice boards for my windows. I have the fabric and a staple gun, and I am fully confident in my abilities to be able to do it. My question is about buying the wood to make them. Rumor has it Home Depot (or Lowes) will cut wood to size for me? Will they really cut all the pieces I need? I'm doing 5 windows, so that's basically 5 larger pieces of wood and 10 smaller pieces (for the sides). I don't currently own a saw, although I would buy one if necessary.

So...tips? Suggestions? What kind of wood, how to get it the right size, etc.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Why not just hire a carpenter for this one? It's not a big structural thing; you can easily find a carpenter on CL or in the business card bowl at the front on HD or wherever.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

Because if I had the wood, I can do it so easy! I know how to attach the wood together, and cover it with the fabric, and attach it to the wall. And there's a million demo websites explaining it, too. It's literally just acquiring the wood in the right sizes (whether that means buying a big piece and a saw, or buying the right sizes) that is a big mystery to me.
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Yes, they will cut for you if you have your measurements. I would buy plywood if I were covering with fabric.

If you find you need more tools (saw, mitre box, etc.,) talk to your neighbors. Someone always has this stuff in their garage!

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Hi expert curlies, I'm planning to build some cornice boards for my windows. I have the fabric and a staple gun, and I am fully confident in my abilities to be able to do it. My question is about buying the wood to make them. Rumor has it Home Depot (or Lowes) will cut wood to size for me? Will they really cut all the pieces I need? I'm doing 5 windows, so that's basically 5 larger pieces of wood and 10 smaller pieces (for the sides). I don't currently own a saw, although I would buy one if necessary.

So...tips? Suggestions? What kind of wood, how to get it the right size, etc.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Why not just hire a carpenter for this one? It's not a big structural thing; you can easily find a carpenter on CL or in the business card bowl at the front on HD or wherever.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

Because if I had the wood, I can do it so easy! I know how to attach the wood together, and cover it with the fabric, and attach it to the wall. And there's a million demo websites explaining it, too. It's literally just acquiring the wood in the right sizes (whether that means buying a big piece and a saw, or buying the right sizes) that is a big mystery to me.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Any lumber yard will cut wood to specs. That isn't hard. But your measurements and instructions have to be right. And that's not as easy as it sounds. But def take a stab at if you want!
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Yes, they will cut it for you - bring in exact specs and tell them what you're doing with it so they will cut the angles on the wood appropriately. Like roseannadana said, I'd use plywood since you'll be covering them with fabric.
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Random question...does plywood come in different thicknesses? Or is there a standard thickness?

There won't really be angles other than 90 degrees...I'm just looking for a bunch of rectangles. I have a very modern style, so we're going for simple. Here's an example:




oh, and this is the fabric I'm using! (Just wanted to share).
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Just thought I would mention that there are places who would make the cornices for you and you can just install them. I know someone my dad knew did this and my dad installed them. he had never done this but said it was pretty easy.
Yes it comes in different thickness. I would use 1/2 inch if it were me.
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Also batting behind the fabric so it looks nice and plushy.

I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative.
Also batting behind the fabric so it looks nice and plushy.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
That's the plan!


I'm kinda excited to do it myself. We just bought our first house, and all this stuff is pretty new to me. We've done lots so far! We painted, I installed closet organisers, curtain rods, and (surface-mount) medicine cabinets. My boyfriend changed a light fixture and a faucet and a shower head. I started to put up a tile backsplash yesterday--so far so good. I'm going to grout it tonight.
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You have all the skills you need to build the cornice. Have fun!!

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I think you'll have fun making them. They're really not difficult at all. I made some much like the one you posted. I had Home Depot cut the plywood to the length I needed. I simply attatched the sides to the front with a couple of "L" brackets, like these:



Then I attatched the batting with the staple gun, attatched the fabric the same way, and then hung the cornices from wall brackets of some kind. I can't remember what type of brackets, exactly, but I'm sure you'll figure it out.

It's been many years since I made them. I actually fashioned mine after watching an episode of Christopher Lowell's old decorating show. He makes everything look so easy. I had never attempted anything so ambitious and was quite pleased with myself when I was finished.
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I can't believe your boyfriend isn't using this project as an excuse to buy a saw! I think we ended up with three different kinds of saws and two drills when we demolished the old deck and built the new one.

I'd probably just buy the saw and do it myself but I'm like that. When you pick out the wood, make sure you don't choose a piece that's warped or has a bunch of knot holes. I only say that because it sounds like you haven't purchased lumber before.
Home decorating stores sometimes have pre-made cornice kits, made of foam or plastic, that are very light and easy to hang, and you can easily cover with your own batting and fabric. Google: Cornice Kit and take a look at what's out there.

Home Depot or any lumber store will cut your plywood for you, but they will probably charge you per cut.

Remember that plywood is HEAVY, so get heavy-duty L brackets to hang it...and make sure you find studs in the wall to attach them to. Don't try to hang them without predrilling the holes in the studs. And get a power screwdriver. You can't get away without powertools for hanging something that heavy on your wall.

Personally, I wouldn't use plywood. It doesn't have a nice edge when ripped down, so it'll be a big splinterry mess. I'd use more-expensive pine boards...lighter and they'll come in widths that won't need to be ripped to a smaller size, and will probably require just one cut for length. Take a walk down the lumber aisles at HD and you'll find boards that will work for you.

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