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post #1 of 5 Old 07-02-2014, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Large Built in and Imperfect Walls

Hi everyone - long time lurker but this is my first post.

I am completing a large built in project in my master bedroom. The cabinet spans a large alcove that's ~91.5" across.

I'm pretty pleased with my work as I have a very tight fit. There are areas along the wall that have some gaps due to the typical unevenness of drywall.

This is a stained cabinet so I'm kind of at a loss. If it were painted I would just caulk it and paint it to match.

I was thinking maybe a small quarter round would do the trick but if there are any better ideas I'd be up for those.

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I would tape off the cabinet and apply caulk to fill the gap. Then touch it up with the wall paint. Most likely it won't be noticeable and only you will know.
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Originally Posted by MT Stringer View Post
I would tape off the cabinet and apply caulk to fill the gap. Then touch it up with the wall paint. Most likely it won't be noticeable and only you will know.
Leave the tape 1/16" or so shy of the edge of the cabinet. Then when you touch up the wall paint, it laps onto the cabinet and the tape ensures a straight edge, making it less noticeable.

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Both of the previous suggestions are great. Getting a perfect fit on uneven walls is always a little frustrating. Since you have already built the cabinet the above solutions fairly easy options unless you are open to using scribe mould. Personally I don't mind scribe at all, often it adds an extra dimension to the side of the built-in. However, when I do one that I don't want to or can't use scribe I will measure meticulously and cut my outer stiles first to get the proper profile(often beveling the backside to cut into the drywall just slightly). Then I will take my measurements off of the plumbed and profiled stiles and build from there (but it is ALWAYS a pain to get it into place when built, also why I usually put the face frame on after the boxes are installed). Anyway, another alternative is to rip filler strips(at a taper if the gap is not even) and apply a little glue then use a small block like the end of a shim, and tap the strips into the side until they are snug. Then take a razer knife and cut whatever is still sticking out (I like to rip them at a slight bevel with the larger end just wider then the gap so they get a snug fit). Then just sand it and apply your finish. But in your case I would just rip (or buy if you prefer) some scribe and use it to cover any gaps, its the easiest fix. Remember to be extra careful when ripping strips, more people lose thumb tips that way.
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I just had a sim situation. I cut a full length piece of wood just a fudge over 1/8" thick and 3/4" wide. I put a 1/8" round over on it and crazy glue it to the wood while pressing it against the irregular wall. If the gaps aren't too big this works fine. If the gaps are too big for this best off if you get the drywall man to do a little work.


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