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Room Dividers – Craftsmanship on display

20120127 Risinger Shoal Creek 8074

One of the Architects my firm has worked with is particularly adept at this type of Architecture/Art installation inside a house that serves as a visual “boundary” between open rooms.  I’m specifically talking about a Dining Room separator here.  David Webber of Webber Studios has a very talented firm and I love working on their projects because of precisely these types of interior finish carpentry projects.  My company has a staff carpentry crew of 6 of the most talented men I’ve ever worked with.

On this project the Architect wanted us to try three different options for the exposed edge material.  So, we made samples of  LVL framing material, Birch Plywood, and standard AC Plywood.

LVL Framing material planed then face painted and clear coated on the edge.
LVL Framing material planed then face painted and clear coated on the edge.
The LVL material wasn't quite perfect in it's ply's
The LVL material wasn’t quite perfect in it’s ply’s
Birch plywood.  (We're using Russian Birch here) has a no-void core with really pretty ply's
Birch plywood. (We’re using Russian Birch here) has a no-void core with really pretty ply’s.  This is one 3/4″ piece.

The winner was the void free Birch plywood, but we needed to figure out how to laminate them to get the thickness needed for the Architect’s vision.  After a few samples we decided upon a course of 3 layers of 3/4″ material.

Our milling operation took up the whole family room!  We love our Sawstop.
Our milling operation took up the whole family room! We love our Sawstop.
It took a TON of clamps to put all these dividers together.
It took a TON of clamps to put all these dividers together.

The same material was decided to be used for all the interior bookcases too so we had a lot of fabrication on our hands.

Our Festool sander helped clean up the glue and give  clean edges
Our Festool sander helped clean up the glue and give clean edges
Mike my painter did an excellent job of painting the face but clear coating the edges.
Mike my painter did an excellent job of painting the face but clear coating the edges.
Spacing them off the floor was a challenge.  We made an oak "biscuit" then slotted the screens to fit over them.
Spacing them off the floor was a challenge. We made an oak “biscuit” then slotted the screens to fit over them.
The crisp detailing is beautiful.
The crisp detailing is beautiful. That’s three layers of 3/4″ material to get this width.
I'm sure David Webber the architect knew they would play the shadows well, but I was surprised and thought this was super cool.
I’m sure David Webber the architect knew they would play the shadows well, but I was surprised and thought this was super cool.
Dividing the entry to the Master Bed off the Kitchen area.
Dividing the entry to the Master Bed off the Kitchen area.

DSC_0300If you’d like to see more pictures of this project you can visit my website to see the full gallery.

http://risingerhomes.com/index.php?/houses/shoal-creek-remodel/

 

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Matt Risinger
– Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

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