The simpler the better


Panel planning part two – (couldn’t resist the tongue twister)

Sections of wooden panelling of a basic design should be fairly straight forward to carry out.   But this half panelling  is also an integral part of the method of attachment to the rest of this half of the Great Hall, which makes matters a little murkier.

Great Hall upper meeting room - wall for panel

The wall to be half panelled

The panel is to run along the lower half of the wall below the windows with the top edge providing an inner cill which could be used for the odd bit of this and that.

The woodwork which will run along the bottom, shaped edge of the panel, is to act as part of the support system for the wall when it is attached to the main part of the construction.

You can see the unstained surface of the outer wall woodwork already in place along the bottom edge and this is also part of the attachment system.  The two pieces together, inner and outer, will sandwich a section of the wall between them.

(To gain a clearer idea of what the other side of the wall looks like and how the sandwiching might work see images in This week’s washing to be aired and Slide into visualising.)

There are also two pegs approximately 2″ long, driven into the top of the lower wall one to be housed within the lower half of the join on the left and one within the small slot cut in the boarding at the right in the above photo of the wall.

Once in place they sit flush to the board surface and the panelling can be added over the top.

Wall supports - theinfill Jacobean dolls house

Pegs 1

Stabilising peg - theinfill Jacobean dolls house

and 2

The panel construction

Template and backing to panelling in upper Great Hall

A cardboard backing, which also acts as template was cut out

Gluing the parts of panel backing - theinfill

Glued and weighted down – still not sure it isn’t going to curl

Matte varnished - theinfill Jacobean dolls house

Matte varnished second coat left to dry

The wood was much flatter than when I started and I had cut it down the grain to give a pleasant pattern to the panels.  This meant cutting the wood in three sections – the grain ran horizontally along the longer length and down the narrow.

The order of play is not so simple

The top horizontal beam above the windows can be attached as can the cardboard ‘plaster panels’, the lighting (once the bits arrive and I make it) and most of the decoration (yet to be finalised) on the area on the far right.

However, because parts of the panel are involved with the structure it has to be prepared and then kept in sections until the wall is being attached to the construction.  The panel itself can be glued over the two wooden pegs only once the wall is put in place and the bottom half  can be added to complete the  joining process.

Decisions made

The panel is being held onto the wall with white tac as are all the adjoining parts so that I can get a better idea of how things are going and what needs adjusting, but the two wooden reinforcement pegs are in place and working.

dry construction of Tudor-Jacobean meeting hall - theinfill

Dry construction using white tac

You get a better idea of the woodwork that is to act as the  internal side of the attachment along the bottom of the panel.  Not very keen on soppy bits of motif work but the leather shields look quite good.

pan book look at Tudor-Jacobean panelling over Great Hall

Step back view of general arrangements to get a better idea of where this is going

The panelling will continue round the corner too, possibly just as variable width boarding .

Panels are possibly a little over simplistic and there is going to have to be some working over of those soppy motifs, but I am fairly pleased with the beginnings of the overall masculine meeting room look.


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