Sitting duck, that is. It’s a pool-playing expression that’s been in the family for years. When the table is full of challenging shots that just don’t seem right, go for that ball sitting near the corner pocket that’s a sure thing. Then use that confidence to leave the que in a better position to take the rest of the table. And I used that same approach with this wainscoting project by asking myself, “What part of the activity is easiest / most straightforward?” and going from there. For me, the window sill was the defining feature of the window wall and had to be addressed first. The rest of the wall, I figured, would fall into place once the under-sill build-out was set in stone.
I made very simple frame of 1×4s, one extra vertical in the middle, and screwed it to wood behind the plaster below the window. Here’s the area below the window after drywall was stripped, before work started.
Then the plaster removed so the frame would have a solid surface.
Sorry (again), no picture of the frame.
But with that space defined (the area under the windowsill), I worked the area left of the window. And here’s the plan:
1. Full panels as a substrate, consisting of 1/4” MDF;
2. Rails and stiles (R&S) made of the same material, ‘stick-built’ to the panels in Step 1;
3. Anchor panels to the wall in areas to be covered by the R&S;
4. Panels to the walls with construction adhesive too; R&S with Titebond and brad nailer.
So some action shots (finally, you say!). Here’s the first wall section in work on the ‘bench’ of the shop:
The MDF was cut with a Porter Cable Model 314 Trim Saw (visible in the forefront of the pic) with a 4’ Harbor Freight straight edge (also visible). The work surface is a sheet of 3/8” OSB on horses. The rails were cut from the 4’ panel, then cross-cut to the right width on the RAS.
With all the R&S cut, the pieces for each wall section were laid on the substrate panel then everything was traced onto the panel. That told me where to pre-drill for the anchor screws.
You can see the lines and screws in this pic as the sub panel is set to the wall.
R&S on the floor of the dining room, stacked and ready for glue and nailing:
Here’s the first wall section in place.
The ‘room’ at the top of the panel is for the ledge and other trim work that’s planned. Repeat the process a couple more times, then attack the middle to see the window wall (and another) come together.
In that picture you can see the recessed screw holes holding the ledge pieces in place. I added a 2” pair of filler strips above the panels that will be covered by layers moldings, too.
More on that and more in the next (and final) installment. Until then, as always, thanks for looking.
-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --