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Here is the cherry wainscoting I designed and installed in my office downtown. The panels are stub tenon and groove construction, with a few well placed pocket hole screws to simplify assembly. Two corbels are let onto the stiles with 1/4" deep grooves. There are two 6' panels, one 32" panel, and two 9" panels for the end post cap. The wainscoting was pre-assembled and pre-finished in my shop. I made up the cap, base, and shoe moulding and I was ready to install. I then struck a level line on the wall and held the top of the wainscoting to the line. That helped to ensure the mitered corners (reinforced with biscuits) would align correctly.
The finish is a multi-step process and went a little like this…
1. Sprayed a washcoat of shellac. The washcoat is Zinsser Bullseye Seal Coat thinned 2 parts shellac : 3 parts denatured alcohol. This step controls blotching on woods like cherry.
2. Sprayed on Varathane Dark Walnut stain. Wipe off to desired color.
3. After stain has dried over night, spray 2 coats of Valspar pre-cat lacquer. I like 60 sheen which is a semi-gloss.

The fifth picture is the granite countertop which my wife and I installed.



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Nice work very clean.