17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #2: Sorting and Layout

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Blog entry by woodwkr posted 03-04-2008 02:13 PM 4228 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We never thought at the time to chronicle this project with photos, so I will try to muddle through with the few I have. I wish we got a photo of the pile of lumber and panels when they arrived in our trailer, but I can tell you that the site of them caused me to think – - &$#)@ WHAT ARE WE DOING !!!!—- :)

Below are some shots of some parts layed out on the floor in an attempt to make some sense of it all. Click on the photo to get a full size view.

Above is an attempt to figure out the fireplace layout. you can see some of the auction stickers still on the wood.

This is the left side of the fireplace that shows a column and some adjacent paneling.

This is a close up of some of the fireplace mantle carving. It became difficult to stay focused and not just stand there and stare at all of it. To think that it was carved around the years 1625 – 1650, – - and had such a long journey to get here, – - I was amazed that it was in as good of shape as it was.

A closeup of a panel.

I was able to determine that the paneling consisted of four horizontal bands that were separated horizontally by moulding and vertically by columns.

The bottom band I called the wainscot panels.

The next band are the main panels.

Next comes the skirt panels with a rope mould.

And at the top are the coffered panels.
Thats all for now. Got to get to work. :)

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 03:08 PM


I grow more impressed each time I see the progression of blogs on this project. I have no doubt that you had a few choice words about the wisdom of initially taking on this project- unless you have a particular fondness for jigsaw puzzles. But the immense scale of this puzzle would be enough to intimidate even seasoned pros.

I am curious about the initial layout. Did you have enough space to do a full layout?

And to give me a sense of scale what are the dimensions of the paneled room. I am guessing it is at least 16-18’ in height.


Keep the posts comings.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 04:25 PM

Must get mighty scary working with something that old. It’s not like you can go buy a replacement

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 01:13 AM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-05-2008 01:49 AM

>> I am guessing it is at least 16-18’ in height. <<
Nope – more like about 13ft high.
The room dimensions were 230 3/8” X 218 3/4” X 157 1/4” high. The width and length of the room was fixed but I was able to tell them the height that the ceiling had to be built – - – to fit the panel assy.

>>>I am curious about the initial layout. Did you have enough space to do a full layout?<<<

No where near enough room. One I got a sense of how things went together, I measured everything, assigned a number to each one and plotted all the pieces on the computer. Much easier to drag around and piece the puzzle together. (also much less likely to break some very old and brittle wood)
17th century meets 21st century. :)

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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#5 posted 03-08-2008 07:15 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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