Coffered Ceiling Patio Deck

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Project by volpeveneers posted 07-09-2011 05:11 AM 3118 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 10 years ago a veneer supplier of mine gave me a truck load of QSWO that was just rotting in their backyard. It sat in my backyard for all that time until I was inspired to make something from it. The inspiration hit me when I had dinner in a ballroom with coffered ceiling. After doing a lot of research on coffered ceilings I embarked on this project. From the beginning I had intended to document with pictures my process to share on LJ when the project was finished. For some reason I misplaced the images of all the interesting stuff. I only have the very first and last day pictures.

The lumber you can see in it’s rough form was just shy of 1 inch and planed down to 9/16ths. I was pleased with how clean the lumber was after planing. From the clean boards I was able to rip 1 to 3 clean pieces of wood 4”3/8th wide and 60” long. On all the horizontal boards I routed 4 parallel lines down the length. I was going to use a Stanley 45 plane for this but then came to my senses. The crown molding was rather plain with just two facets milled on top and bottom.

The fielded panels are 1/8th plywood with QSWO veneer that I applied with Titebond II and and a hot iron. I was rather pleased with the way the panels came out. Two panels have blisters but it was my fault for waiting too long to use the iron and bond the veneer to the plywood. The finish used was System Three SPAR varnish.

Like any woodworker I see the flaws in my joinery and know the last boards placed fit better than the first ones. Over all I have about $150.00 in this project since the Oak woods were free.

This is by far the largest project I have attempted. I have learned plenty from this experience like making a detailed project plan before you cut wood.
I learned to make and install crown molding. Once you learn have in your head the table saw surface is the ceiling the rest is easy. Predrill your nail holes so not to split the wood ends. Apply the finish to the wood before you install it overhead, easier on the neck.

-- "Trees are evil they must be punished." R. Underhill

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 06:54 AM

Very nice job. You must be very proud of your new porch.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 07-09-2011 06:33 PM

Love it…Looks perfect!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 05:18 PM

Very nice work.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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