Maple Valence

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Project by JimYoung posted 04-26-2020 12:42 PM 665 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a typical 3 sided bump out kitchen door wall. We repainted the kitchen a year or so ago, and took down the old fabric valence that covered the shades. The old fabric didn’t match the new paint, so I’ve had this idea for some time to match the rest of the maple kitchen cabinets with a wooden valence. With all kinds of time on my hands right now, I finally completed this project.

Armstrong millworks milled the maple crown molding, and I added a plain 3/8” x 2” strip of maple to it (left over from my workbench). Getting the angles right took some fiddling (the are not 45 degrees!), but eventually I snuck up on it and got the joints pretty tight. There are 5 plywood supports screwed to the top of the door and window trim, additional screws secure the trim to the house framings, so everything is rock solid. There are also plywood supports behind each corner to support the joints. Finish is several coats of Arm-R-Seal and rubbed out with Behlan’s Deluxing compound.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 04-26-2020 12:50 PM

Looks great

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 04-26-2020 04:34 PM

Great job on the valances Jim. I can see all those angles must have took a lot of figuring.
Adds to that nice kitchen wall.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 04-27-2020 03:23 PM

Nice job – The big crown molding and all the angles look great.
(Working with inside mitres on crown always makes me appreciate my geometry teachers)

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