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Blog series by woodwkr updated 03-15-2008 11:41 PM 7 parts 25542 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: Preface

03-02-2008 04:36 PM by woodwkr | 6 comments »

This was an interesting project that I worked on a few years ago. The photo above show the panels in the original room at Henwood Priory, Warwickshire, England. It is the only thing I had to go on. One wall had a fireplace that someone must have blacked out before the auction because it was not part of the sale.( a note: the photos that I use in this blog are rather large so you can see some of the detail. just click on them to see the whole photo and click again to see them actual size )...

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Part 2: Sorting and Layout

03-04-2008 02:13 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

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 t...

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Part 3: More layout

03-06-2008 03:28 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

We did not have enough space to layout the entire room on the floor, so once I got a sense of how things went together, I measured everything, assigned a number to each one of the parts 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. :) Some of the notes appear below. -- Then a rough draft layout by our designer. (click to enlarge) ...

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Part 4: What to keep and what to replace.

03-07-2008 03:59 AM by woodwkr | 4 comments »

First, let me say that this project was not an historical renovation. I tried to approach it that way as much as I could, but we did not have an unlimited budget and the client wanted the job done as soon as possible. Ok. I will start at the top and work my way down.Below is one of the few pieces of the original crown that survived. I believe that the original ceiling must have leaked, or been damp, because the crown and coffered panels needed allot of work. We did not have the time t...

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Part 5: Farther down the wall

03-08-2008 03:19 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

Below the coffered panels are the skirt panels. These were in better shape than the coffered panels and had a “rope” mould along the top edge. The rope mould was mostly new construction, ( poorly done ) and was replaced with new mould that I ran and distressed. It started to look like this was at least the second installation of these panels because some of them were cobbled together and mis-matched. It became easy to find where they originally belonged, because their length match...

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Part 6: Devise an installation system

03-09-2008 07:02 PM by woodwkr | 4 comments »

Before I could layout the panels accurately, I needed to come up with a system for the installers to hang them in the new room. Before I got involved with the project, a bunch of 1/2” plywood sheets were bought to skin the sheet-rock walls in the room so the installers could shim and nail the pieces up. It became clear to me that this was a bad idea for several reasons. First, it would make the installation very complicated and time consuming. – - A long and drawn out installation...

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Part 7: Last Post

03-15-2008 11:41 PM by woodwkr | 9 comments »

The last post discussed the installation system of the panels. I have been asked how the door panels were fabricated. All three door openings were built using new frames that housed original panels. There was one original main panel assembly that the main frame was in pieces. It had been a 6 panel assembly that allowed me to use the original panels in the 3 door frame panels. Below is a drawing of one of the door frame panel assemblys. Here is a plan view of the same door panel assembl...

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