gaps in older wooden trim: caulk or putty?
hi ho woodworkers,
I have finished stripping all the trim in my 1922 house -- doug fir and lovely, but over the years it has slipped and slid along with the walls, producing several gaps between trim pieces, notably between jambs and header/crown pieces. The gaps range between 1/16" and 1/4" in size. Previous owners filled with white caulk and painted, which is what I've just spent 3 months removing.
The finish painter swears that brown colored caulk is the answer; the finish carpenter swears that a little rubbery wood filler is the answer.
Any standard on this? I fear the caulk, since there's probably no way to get a good match, but fear the putty since it can't possibly be flexible enough for these transitional joints. Your thoughts/experience?