Getting jiggy with it

Towards the end of last year, I worked on a lifesize mockup of the panel moulding I wanted to add to the dining room walls. Dining Room Paneling Mock-up 4

Fast forward 6 months later. Sienna becomes very mobile and starts having a field day pulling away the green tape on the walls, inch by inch. I decide, hey mel, here's a good idea, why don't you maybe finish what you started? Ok, I say. Let's find some pretty mouldings.

Here's what I found from a local company called Metrie: Metrie Fashion Forward 1 1/8

I ordered the mouldings through some great connections and they were delivered to my doorstep 2 weeks later. The measurements and math came next.

Math

We categorized the mouldings into different groups by size and determined how many of each size we needed. Because some groupings required up to 18 pieces, Adam recommended we create a jig for each size. A jig is basically a custom-made template used to ensure consistent and speedy results.

TIP: to make each cut, we used a miter saw (my favorite power tool aside from a brad nailer). Panel mouldings and window casings are cut at a 45 degree angle.

Adam fashioned a few jigs using pieces of wood, like so: Moulding Jig 1

Moulding Jig 2

Moulding Jig 3

Every time we completed the cuts for a grouping, we taped, labeled and set them aside.

Moulding Group A

It took us a few hours to make all of the cuts. Of course, I had to lay them out nicely on the dining room table by size, cuz I'm OCD like that.

Moulding Grouping

Stay tuned for part 2, where we glue and nail the mouldings to the walls.