Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More on the Wainscoating

Okay...before you ask - NO - the wainscoating is not done; but I can explain.

It was a long night last night and I was dragging today. I'm beginning to wonder if a cold is in the immediate future for me.

Since I was dragging I had to take extra care to make sure I didn't screw up. Didn't help though.

Anyway, lets get to the pictures and I'll tell you the saga as we go.

As you can see, the wainscoating is all installed. installed as it's going to get until the new cabinets are installed. The wainscoating does wrap around the half wall and continues on the other side by one slat.

The most important thing about this picture is the OSB used to give a flush surface for the mop-board and it's top molding.

Speaking of the mop-board and it's top molding... I did a lot of thinking about it. Remember the one that shattered? It dawned on me that this will be a high traffic area and I'm not sure if the repair would hold up to the abuse. To fix the problem I recycled a few pieces from another spot.

Here are the new pieces of the top molding ready for instillation.

I'm jumping ahead a bit, so lets back up.

Here is a picture of the first problem of the day. Can you tell what it is?

Remember the piece that was cut off the very first slat? The piece that was going to work perfectly between the wall and the run of slats?

Well, it did fit perfectly until the very bottom. I had to trim the sliver by about 2mm at a time until it fit correctly. If you look close at the picture you will see a red line. That was added to make it easier for everyone to see the shape of the cut-off piece. I had to make sure the profile stayed as true to this as possible. Do you have any idea how hard it is to shave off about 2mm at a time with a table saw? I would have to shave a bit, check fit, shave a bit more, and check again. All-n-all it took about 12 trips to the woodshop to get it cut just right.

Also, in case you are wondering, the nails you see in the pic have not been set yet. This portion of the wainscoating will be covered by the top cap and molding, so it won't show.

Next is the second problem to pop up.

Here you can see the corner do-dad. Remember, I had to remove it to make room for the wainscoating.

I wanted it to be a perfect fit, so, once again trips had to be made to the woodshop. This time extremely small slivers, less than 1mm, had to be made.

As you can see it fits. However, if you look real close you can see a small gap between the do-dad and the mop-board. This is due to the added width on the end cap because of the OSB. This problem will be fixed tomorrow.

You can also see some paint residue I didn't quite get. It had seeped up into the crack where the top mold sets on the mop-board. I started removing that today and it took time as well.

Here's a picture of another problem that was unexpected.

The picture shows the mop-board after it was fixed.

The original mop-board turned out to have a nasty, horizontal, crack running all the way through it. When I went to remove one of those monster nails it just broke in half. Again, a replacement had to be made.

What you see in the picture is the replacement. I have saved the pieces of the broken one. It can can be mended and used in a less high profile/traffic area.

Tomorrow all I need to do is fix that gap I mentioned and attach the mop-boards top molding. I also need to put in a temp mop-board on the sink side of the wall. I'll talk more about that later and get some pics as well.

Before I forget...we have decided to just shellac the wainscoating with amber shellac. We decided to do this for a couple of reasons; 1) the wood has a rich quality about it, & 2) we want to set off the wainscoating from the rest of the molding and future cabinets. The shellac will high-lite the color of the slats and will be a bit lighter than the molding.

Before I sign off you might like to see a picture of one of my 'helpers' that were hanging around.

This is Boo-Boo our tailless cat. Sorry about the haziness of the pic but sometimes you get a bad one.

Aren't his eyes creepy?!

Well, till next time...



Jennifer said...

Looks good! I can't wait to see it finished.

bungalow_ bliss said...

I'm impressed by your attention to detail and unwavering patience. This project will be amazing when it's complete!

Curious, do you plan to stain, paint, or simply varnish the wainscoting/trimwork? I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Larry said...

We are planning on using amber shellac on the waisncoating part, but a special stain formula on the molding.

Sandy said...

I just love your little bitty Boo Boo helper!