The quintessential cover-up

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Project by rdlaurance posted 11-11-2010 09:25 AM 1989 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While doing an extension to a upstairs room in my previous house here in Sweden a few years ago, I had mis-measured the framing for the even alignment of the walls and was a tad bit off.

As I had always wanted to build a classical (or neo-) styled column I thought this was a good opportunity while solving the alignment problem. The inner curved arch was recycled from a 50’s sofa arm. I had dismembered the sofa which had two wooden carved arms and sanded/cleaned up the undersides so that it was useable.

It’s covering function must have worked as nobody ever mentioned that there was a discrepancy between the walls.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 10:02 AM

Nice work Rick.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 12:52 PM

Very nice looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 01:30 PM

That is the secret of a good finishing carpenter. We would be in a “dream world” if everything was built perfect. Good ideas.
Nice to see the reclaimed use of a chair.
Thanks for sharing this.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 03:55 PM

Great save!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 04:30 PM

Looks great! I think it is interesting how these “fixes” can turn out to be an attractive feature – probably better than if you had planned it! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 08:28 PM

Thanks all.

You’re so right Steve. If the wall had lined up evenly I wouldn’t have added this feature. Consequently the room now is a bit more interesting and I was able to enjoy designing and building the piece. Not to forget about a few extra items being recycled rather than tossed by the wayside.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 02:03 PM

Making mistakes look like they belong there by embellishing them is good craftsmanship. Nice work

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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