A & C Living room make over #5: wainscot.........the saga continues

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Blog entry by Greg Salata posted 02-11-2008 06:21 AM 2353 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next area to be undertaken is the West wall.
It is the longest run in the room, just over 13’.

Preparing the top rail.
Fortunately I had a piece long enough to do the top rail in one piece.

Nothing works like a well tuned and sharp plane.bedrock plane
Assembly of the frame took up most of my work area.This area also included a cold air return which had to be framed.

Cutting relief into the back of the frame work.

Plate rail and shelf glue up and assembly.

Corner detail. I was really happy the way the the corner turned out. It is in a very visible area.

The West wall is finished except for the base. the base will all have to be scribed to match the floor.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 07:23 AM

Looks pretty cool to me.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 01:29 PM

This is really beginning to take shape. I love wainscoting in a house. It simply isn’t used enough today.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 02:08 PM

i do a lot of wainscoting and im constantly on the lookout for new ideas . this is a nice design , how high is it to the top ? it looks a little higher than the average , or is it the picture . great job thanks for posting it

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 03:18 PM

Very nice. that is one long chunk of wood, 13 feet! keep the posts comming.

-- Hope Never fails

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John Gray

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 04:58 PM

Starting to come together and really looks nice. The shelf on top is a great idea.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 06:58 PM

Very nice! My next project, after my recuperation from surgery, will be to wainscot our dinning room. So I’ve been interested in what others are doing. You have done a beautiful job! Thank you.

-- Life is too short... Enjoy Each Day!

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Greg Salata

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 06:47 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

The top of plate rail is about 66” from the floor.
A little taller than average, but similar to a design I had seen originally done in another craftsman home.
I experimented with heights and this height seemed to work best for us.



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#8 posted 02-12-2008 02:05 PM

thanks greg , i think it looks great , i also like the corbel blocks you made they are a really nice touch ! great job .

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 02:19 PM

Looking good…just wanted to say I’ve been following your progress with interest…having done something very similar in my living room last year. Keep us posted!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#10 posted 10-09-2009 04:03 AM

Looks neat Greg.

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