Shop Notes #7: Wainscoting

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Blog entry by Steve posted 01-31-2018 05:12 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been relatively quiet in the shop the last week or so, as I’ve taken some time off to repaint most of the downstairs rooms in my house. The colors we chose, bluish-grays for the most part, seemed like a nice match with the beetle-killed blue pine I used for the doors on my lathe stand. I worked up a few sample boards and got my wife’s buy-in to install some wainscoting.

After testing out a few stain options, I treated some shiplapped boards with teak oil (of all things), furred out two walls in our den and got to work. Along the way, I was also able to dismantle and hide an old, non-working fireplace, recovering some space in the process. You can see the scar on the floor where a marble tile hearth had been laid over the oak planks.

Also, you can see by the clock that for some reason I was still working, even though it was well into cocktail hour.

The final result was a much more den-like den. I love the look of the pine and liked using a material that would otherwise just go to waste. I still need to mill and install some trim pieces, but for the next few days, my live will be masking tape, rollers and brushes.

The paint and remodel project should be wrapping up next week, which will be a relief. I’ve got a bunch of logs to mill, as well as a new lathe arriving.

-- ~Steve

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