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The thought crossed my mind to install a craftsman style coffered ceiling in my dining room. After checking out this Fine Homebuilding article by master carpenter Gary Katz, I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely doable. Especially when you consider that Craftsman is one of the least elaborate finish styles. Gary has outlined a simple way to install a coffered ceiling that doesn’t require a solid frame bolted to the joists – he uses U-shaped supports.
And then there is this article from woodworkingtipsfrompop.com that includes some excellent photos of the build process. They even recommend visiting the same article I mentioned above.
I’ll be looking more into this to see what the cost will be and how easy it will be to do it on my own.
For me, finish carpentry is a thing of beauty. The details, the precision, and the higher level of craftsmanship fits my character to a tee, though at times there are other aspects that make me crazy.
Another thing of beauty (though admittedly on a different scale) is Fine Homebuilding magazine and after becoming a recent subscriber I visited their redesigned website and found this excellent article titled “Ten Rules for Finish Carpentry.” In it there are some extremely helpful tips on how to become more efficient and proficient at installing trim, wood floors and other finish work.
Though simple, the first rule: Avoid Using Numbers, resonated particularly well with me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown my tape measure across the room after turning a precise cut into a carpentry horror show. For some reason I just figured I was having moments of terrible incompetence rather than considering my frustration may be due to the nature of the measuring tool I was using.
Note to self: Get a hold of one of those folding rulers mentioned in the article. And stop throwing your tape measure.
Reader’s Digest has this section within their website called RDLiving that actually has some pretty good home and garden articles. After digging around a bit I found this great article that shows step-by-step, how to install simple, yet intricate Craftsman style trim. From door and window casings, to base boards and even a plate rail. This is stuff that anyone with even the most basic craftsman skills could do. It’s just a matter of piecing everything together. In some cases you’ll need to feel comfortable using the miter saw, and of course ya gotta be handy with a tape measure (which believe me, isn’t always as easy as it sounds), but for the look you get, that’s really pretty easy. Not sure if I’d use oak even though that’ll provide the most classic look. If I were to use oak I’d probably go with a dark walnut stain. My wife and I both love the richness of a dark stained wood. Especially when you contrast it with a lighter shade of wall paint. I have some excellent examples of this in our current Dutch colonial, which I’ll share with you in future posts.
I need to do a bit more research, but I really like some of these trim designs and may end up using some of them in the craftsman home we’re planning to build.