Popular Woodworking 2000-10 № 117, страница 32

Popular Woodworking 2000-10 № 117, страница 32

If you ask a woodworker to picture a room they'd like to spend time in (besides the shop) they frequently form a picture in their minds of a room with lots of wood in it. Perhaps ceiling beams, a wood floor and wainscotting. If you have an older house, you might be lucky enough to have such a room. But if you have a newer home, more likely than not your rooms are painted drywall. You could pay a contractor to

Start and stop lines penciled on the fence.

install a lot wainscotting, but because you already have woodworking tools, why not do it yourself? Here's a quick, easy and amazingly cost-effective way to turn a "so-so" room into a "something else" room.

Don't Waste Plywood

The basic ingredient to making this project affordable is carefully cut V2" plywood. By making the wainscotting a respectable

HOLES ON A TABLE SAW

How to make square holes on a table saw is a great thing to know, and a very important part of this wainscotting project. Each panel needs two l9'/4" x l9'/4" sections cut out in precisely the same location, and with a clean enough cut to allow the waste pieces to be reattached with only a little slop. First mark all the cutout locations on the panels, carrying the line to the edge of the panel. In fact, you don't really need the cutout itself, just the location lines at the edge of the panel.With the saw off, run your table saw blade to an appropriate cutting height (and count the number of times you turned the wheel to get there).With the fence just touching the blade, make a mark on the fence where the blade starts and stops (photo l).

Next,set the fence for 4l/4" and prepare to cut all the bottom and top edges of the panels.With the saw turned off and the blade lowered below the table level, position the panel with the first location line against the mark on the fence. Start the saw, and slowly bring the blade up through the piece to the cutting height you set earlier (photo 2). Make sure the panel is held firmly in position, but not with your hand over the blade.

Push the panel through the cut until the second indexing line reaches the "start" line on the fence (photo 3). Stop the cut, lower the blade and turn off the saw (or move to the next cut). Repeat this process for all the bottom and top edge cuts.

The "vertical" cuts take a little more time to set up, but they are basically the same (photo 4). Start with the cut near the edge of the panel. Set your fence at 3l/i" and make the cut.Then reset the fence to 22Vs" and make the next cut in the middle of the panel. At the end of this cut your inset panel will still not be completely free from the main panel because of the curve of the saw blade.

Your last cut is with the fence set at 265/8",and it will almost cut the second inset panel free. Finish cutting the corners of the inset panels with a handsaw.

And there you have it: holes cut on the table saw.

32" high, a sheet of plywood will give you 12 lineal feet of paneling. Start by determining the lineal footage of the area you want to cover. Sketch out the wall sections on a piece of paper, including doorways. Using a two-panel, 46" wide section may not always work best for your room needs, and you'll have to decide if changing the panel size will give a better overall look. Regardless, the techniques used in the article will work on any size panel. Remember, if you run into a corner, allow an extra 3/4" in length on one panel so it can tuck behind the opposite panel, without changing the panel spacing.

To provide a less "flat" appearance to the wainscotting, you cut inset panels from the main panel, sort of like removing the doughnut holes from doughnuts. Then you trim the hole with moulding that has a rabbet cut on the back. After that, you fasten the inset panel back into the surrounding face panel. Because of the way the moulding is made, the panel will be recessed. Finally you shim the backside of your wain-scotting and attach it to your wall with 2" finishing nails.

The other tricky element to this project is joining adjacent panels of wain-scotting in a way so there is a minimal amount of seam visible. Here's how I tack-

Optimization Diagram

Front panel

Inset panel

Inset panel

Front panel

Inset panel

Inset panel

Front panel

Inset panel

Inset panel

4' x 8' sheet of V2" oak plywood

12 Popular Woodworking October 2000

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