Wainscoting & Paneling: The Fundamentals
The Mastering Finish Carpentry series continues with a subject that fits every home and every architectural style: Wainscoting and Paneling. With his usual thorough and comprehensive attention to detail, Gary Katz has divided the subject of wainscoting into a two-part series, Program 7—The Fundamentals, and Program 8—Advanced Techniques.
Program 7-The Fundamentals includes more than six hours of video, beginning with measuring techniques using hi-tech tools and employing a simple two-rule system that will speed up productivity and reduce re-work even for experienced professionals. Next, Katz tackles corner designs, and relying on examples from a host of historic homes, he explains how to solve casing and baseboard problems. In an informative slideshow, learn how to use alternative panel layouts that add drama to simple walls and solve window and door placement issues. Once the layout is complete, move into pocket hole assembly, cutting raised panels. Learn how to set up a repetitive stop system for cutting rabeted panel molding, and how to achieve perfect joinery by pre-assembling moldings and panels. Katz caps the wainscoting by scribing and fitting chair rail, then changes the layout and the style to cover pilasters & tall panels, and creative Craftsman styles.
"Gary does an outstanding job of explaining all there is that goes into quality wainscot – from historic references, design, proportion, materials, tools and techniques. He doesn't shy away from resolving tricky corner conditions and he pays special attention to how the wainscoting is resolved with other trim elements like pilasters, doors and windows. I especially liked the system Gary has for measuring and establishing panel lengths. It's a little tricky to comprehend at first, but it does allow you to quickly determine and fabricate panel sizes without custom fitting every single piece. The method for determining equal panel spacing with the Construction Master is very clever and has implications beyond wainscoting. It's also to his credit that he shows a wide variety of wainscot design."
J.T., Georgetown, MA