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On the Job: Simple Panel Wainscot Trevor Kurz I grew up in a 250-year-old home in eastern Pennsylvania that was full of interior architectural details — huge strap hinges, exposed log ceiling joists, a raised-panel wainscot in the dining room. Even as a young boy, I admired those panels and moldings. Unfortunately, building a room full of true raised-panel wainscot is a lot of work and a heavy drain on most budgets, so we've come up with a simple, straightforward way to create the look of panel wainscot without the extraordinary expense. We start by striking a level reference line