compass rose ceiling detail

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Blog series by grosa updated 02-12-2022 09:00 AM 6 parts 3849 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Getting started

01-07-2022 01:34 PM by grosa | 2 comments »

This is a compass Rose ceiling detail that will go into a recessed pocket in the ceiling. First we start by gathering a bunch of old growth veneer flitches. Making up your mind on what looks good and what pops is very time consuming. This is the design we are doing Gathering the veneer and trying to make a decision. Cutting some parts to see what they look like.

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Part 2: More cutting and fitting.

01-13-2022 09:51 AM by grosa | 3 comments »

Continuing to cut and fit veneer. Now that the center is fitted together time to do the background with some Mapa burl.

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Part 3: Gluing the veneer to the plywood

01-23-2022 07:48 PM by grosa | 3 comments »

We use Unibond 800 to glue the veneer.Then we put it in a vacuum bag.When dried we sand it flat.Next we make the two pieces of molding that go in the inside. One is horizontal and one is vertical.First we mill the Sepele lumber.Then we cut all the angles and pinch dog them together until they dry Next we make a cutting template that will cut both pieces on the pin router.We use an oval jig to cut out the template.Then we screw it in place on the Sepele.Then we cut it out on the inverted pin r...

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Part 4: Making the vertical walls.

01-31-2022 09:49 PM by grosa | 4 comments »

With some plywood we cut the parts for the form to put in the vacuum bag. It is assembled so the pressure from the bag won’t make it collapse. Then we put some 1/8” bendply on the top. Then we cover that with some black laminate. Next we cut the 1/8” bendply and stack it to equal 3/4” thick. There will be two of these We spread on the glue then screw it to the form in the center and put it in the bag. After a few hours we remove it from the vacuu...

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Part 5: Making the ceiling trim and adding lights.

02-09-2022 09:00 PM by grosa | 1 comment »

This ceiling trim is also Sepele. We use the original template we made at the beginning to get the inside cut on the pin router. Then we make a jig and attach it to the jig saw to get the outside radius.There are two screws on the inside of the fence. The trick is to keep both screws touching the inside radius while the blade cuts the outside radius, harder to do than it sounds. Once the inside and outside radius is cut we sand it smooth and route the same profile on both sides. Next...

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Part 6: Install day.

02-12-2022 09:00 AM by grosa | 2 comments »

Well it’s finally time to install this project.Everything was removed in the space that this was going in. A transformer and plug was installed in a cutout that was made in the drywall.We added some shims for better nailing. We unwrapped the unit. Propped it up on the ladder’s. We used the scrap plywood in 4 places to hold up the unit so we could position it into place. Then with shims we centered it in the hole and screw it in with 2” screws into metal studs. ...

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