how to make wall trim look good
I'm putting up some chair rails in my house which was built in 1839, so needless to say, the walls aren't perfect. There are spots where the chair rail (1x6 with routed edge beads) does not sit flush again the wall. I'm wondering, should I fill that gap with wood filler, caulk, leave it be, or some other method?
Also where two boards meet, they may not be completely lined up with each other (one sticks out a little more than the other). I'm guessing i could have notched a back plate in to joint the two and keep them flush, but i didn't think ahead. Should I just sand down the part that sticks out, or use wood filler to make a smooth transisition?
I'd appreciate any guidance to help make these problems less noticeable!