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How to Install Chair Rail

How to install chair rail – What is the absolute best process and equipment for installing chair rail? First, let’s talk about the traditional method of using finish nails for chair rail installation. As you know, a finish nailer is most commonly used. However, finish nails leave behind unsightly holes and create more required time and labor to fill the holes. Consequently, you are unable to pre-paint or stain your molding until the putty dries. You also lose the perfect glass-like finish. We’re going to show you a fast and simple way to install chair rail, without sacrificing quality.

The sKLICK Dovetail Connector is a simple and fast solution for chair rail installation. The sKLICK is screwed onto the chair rail backer and simply snaps into the dovetail route on the back of your molding, consequently, tightening up the components for a seamless joint. Like all other KNAPP Connectors, the sKLICK is concealed, self-tightening, and can simply be snapped together for fast assembly, all for the benefit of reducing time, labor, and equipment cost, and most importantly, keeping the perfect look of your workpiece.

Using the sKLICK Dovetail Connector!

A great alternative to using a finish nailer

How to Install Chair Rail
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A Finish Nailer Leaves an Unfinished Look

A finish nailer is a trim carpenter’s go-to method as it comes to installing chair rail, picture frame molding, trim, etc. Finish nails are the most common way of installation but not always the best, as it entails negatives aspects.

  • Unsightly nail holes are puttied, requiring additional time and labor. You are left to trust the hands of your fellow painter to give the perfect glass-like finish or stain in an uncontrolled environment while hoping the homeowner will not have a trained eye to see the blemishes that you yourself see.
  • Splitting of the trim makes pre-finished work obsolete and most of all, it does not allow me to install stain grade trim and keep the perfect look at the same time.
  • Hitting knots in hardwood can cause the nail to curl back out leaving me with 2 options; to break it off or to hit it in with a nail set.

The sKLICK is the solution to all of the above!

Installing trim and molding is a wonderful combination of craftsmanship and art, making even the tiniest visible nailhead or blemish an eye-sore. So what other choice do I have? The fastest and most simple way of attaching chair rail, trims, and moldings are by using the sKLICK Dovetail Connector.

The KLICK System allows you to pre-finish trims and moldings so you can simply snap them into place, thus, leaving no visible fastener parts or holes to putty. The route for the sKLICK is made using our custom KLICK Dovetail Router Bit. This perfect route gives you a strong self-tightening connection. Attach the chair rail backer to the wall. Secondly, screw the sKLICK onto the chair rail backer, using the 3×13 Pan Head Screw provided. Lastly, snap your molding into place by hand. When the sKLICK is installed into the route, the dovetail puts outward pressure, pulling itself tighter into the groove for a secure joint. Consequently, this method leaves you (the craftsman) with peace of mind to deliver a superior product, while saving your time and money.

Benefits of using the sKLICK

  • Non-visible connector keeping the beautiful look of your workpiece.
  • Fast assembly by pre-cutting the dovetail groove and simply snapping your workpiece together on-site.
  • Self-tightening pulling itself into the groove, thus no clamping or glue is necessary.
  • Versatile working especially well for components with small dimensions and can be disassembled and re-assembled if needed.

The sKLICK dovetail connector is part of the KLICK-System, which also includes the KLICK and KLICKpro. For more than 20 years, KLICK-System has been one of our most versatile and popular products amongst woodworkers, cabinet makers, and architectural millworkers! It is a great alternative to using a standard finish nailer or brad nailer. You can use the KLICK system for chair rail installation, crown molding, picture frame molding, casings, decorative molding, wall panels, and more.

sKLICK and KLICKpro Combined

The combination of sKLICK and KLICKpro is also used for inside and outside window and door casing applications. They are both made of UV and weather-resistant plastic. Alternatively, our 3×25 pan head screw can be used if a longer length is needed. With this in mind, the sKLICK can be used in combination with a wall anchor, thus broadening its use to drywall, plaster, concrete, and other materials. To sum it up, there is truly no end to the variety of applications of the sKLICK! Get yours today and see for yourself!

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Not from North America? Follow the link to view our sKLICK Connectors on our European website!

With over 30 years of experience inventing connecting solutions for woodworkers, KNAPP® is proud to say, “we supply the world”. While our main headquarters is located in Austria, KNAPP® has been supplying connectors to the United States and Canada for over 20 years. As the demand for invisible connecting solutions grew, we replied by establishing our roots here in the U.S. back in 2017 to better serve the needs of our fellow woodworkers. Our online store is pleased to serve North, South, and Central America. If you live outside of this area or if you live in Europe, please visit or email to be connected with the right representative.