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.
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.
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.
The panel construction
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.
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.
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.
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.