Arts & Crafts Coffered Ceiling & Trim

  • Advertise with us
Project by Oxford posted 09-20-2018 03:58 PM 1250 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Arts & Crafts Coffered Ceiling & Trim
Arts & Crafts Coffered Ceiling & Trim No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

Coffered Great Room Ceiling using 5/4 red oak finish milled on-site in my shop. Hides four sprinkler heads which were carefully positioned during original construction so coffering would be in the right place. Ceiling was finished with 5/8” drywall and then the millwork was added. Some recessed lighting was installed but the joists are open web so it is possible to add or change lighting in the future. Two sides of the boxed borders of the coffering ‘hide’ large PSL beams, however it is interesting to note that the beams are not exactly where you think they are: they are positioned per structural needs and the millwork was designed to be aesthetically correct. It was an interesting design challenge. The other two sides terminate to the wall as if any supporting beams are inside the wall. The main Great Room ceiling is at the 10’ level, the rest of the ceiling (which you can see back by the French Doors and in the Breakfast Nook and in the kitchen to the right) are at the 9-1/2’ level and are drywall.

The door and window openings are trimmed with a simple Arts & Crafts style trim using 4/4 clear red oak. If you look closely you will see that the board that goes under the sill is missing as it hasn’t been installed. Still hasn’t been installed 10 years later but I’m trying to get to it!

To the right you can see some Crown Point base cabinets in quarter-sawn oak (back right lower), the site-built island (front right), and the unfinished frame of the site-built hanging kitchen cabinets which I had to add at the last minute to provide a place for the code required island electrical receptacle (under the upper cabinets) so I didn’t have to carve up my Crown Point base cabinets to install a receptacle. Also note the ‘butcher block’ countertops site-built with the leftover clear oak material. They were glued up in 15” widths, sections milled on the 15” thickness planer, then sections glued together to finished width (48”) and sanded. Finished with Behlen’s Rockhard Table Top Varnish in satin. I’ve found that it needs to be refinished about every five years, but it only takes about an hour to refinish, and they can be refinished over and over again so they’ll last 100 years+. The key base cabinets and the non-site built upper cabinets were made by Crown Point Cabinetry back east in quarter sawn oak and are beautiful. In the interest of getting the project completed I used the clear oak I had on hand (purchased as full lifts at auction) and did not attempt to do it in quarter sawn although that would have been nice. Most people see the quarter-sawn Crown Point cabinetry and don’t notice that the island, hanging uppers, and pantry cabinets are not quarter-sawn.

5 comments so far

View AandCstyle's profile


3286 posts in 3112 days

#1 posted 09-20-2018 09:29 PM

Oxford, you have created a great looking space. You should burn a few more electrons and show more pix.

-- Art

View Richard's profile


11310 posts in 3888 days

#2 posted 09-20-2018 10:56 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Oxford!

Regards: Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

View MrStyle's profile


88 posts in 2585 days

#3 posted 09-21-2018 02:20 PM

really nice – but more pictures are needed to really show it – I want to see and copy!

View Calmudgeon's profile


340 posts in 2283 days

#4 posted 09-23-2018 02:58 PM

Obviously a great deal of thought and planning went into designing a final product that looked clean, simple, and unencumbered. Sometimes making things look simple and straightforward takes way more work. Nice job.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

View Oxford's profile


20 posts in 739 days

#5 posted 09-23-2018 11:56 PM

Thanks. The east PSL, which goes left to right in the photo, is actually mostly up in the ceiling, terminating just under the finished floor. The bottom of the PSL was below the joists but the PSL boxing was adjusted to ‘look right’, partly because the ceiling behind is 6” lower than in front so the boxing is extended. The south PSL that you can see on the right, isn’t really there. It is up in the ceiling at the level of the joists. Plus it is actually to the right, above the wall. The boxing ‘wanted’ to be placed partly in front of the wall you can barely see to the right. So that boxing is really kind of fake. ;-)

I was unclear what to do about the other two walls, since any PSL’s would be inside the wall so there is nothing to box. The north wall has no PSL, just the joists above the drywall. So we bulilt half of a box there. For the west wall, the boxing just goes into the wall with no half box. I can’t exactly say why I felt that those were the right choices, but when looking at the ceiling it ‘feels right’. I’m not sure it would feel right to everyone.

I will try to add some more photos when I get a chance.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics