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Living room layered gypsum medallion

Living room layered gypsum medallion

It might appear that jayöh’s been negligent in posting . . . not since Jan.30th!   Truth is, he was very busy trying to finish the exterior, while moving the interior along whenever the trades were coming to do their part on the shoebox.  Interesting experience working outside all winter and at this tender age.

dual layered, segmented octagon with a 'twist' just like <i>jayöh</i>

I’ve made plenty of light embellishments in the two other homes I’ve created.  Some were fashioned from wood.  Others, from Durabond 90, made on plywood by spinning a piece of sheet metal on a trammel with a decorative edge.  These were the first for me to fabricate from drywall scraps.  I thought there were enough scraps being stuffed into the hollow wall and window cavities.  This one was made piece by piece in a cabinetmaker’s style.  Not a mistake, but slow compared to my ramped up learning curve for the other two.

Trim-Tex made wainscotting.

Trim-Tex made wainscotting.

Many thanks to a recent article in https://www.finehomebuilding.com/ for this timely remembered piece of detail, that can enhance any dining room.  It can also be cooked up in a finished room.  I as yet, am unwilling to post an updated image, as it is in green painter’s tape as I write.  The top will get a chair rail in ‘pople’ (poplar) and an under piece of quarter round.  Baseboard and quarter round on the bottom.  The vinyl mldg. is called chamfer stop.  Trim-Tex also makes a bullnose mldg. that I found out about too late.  Again, as with the light ceiling medallions, all scraps.  Patience please, for the next post.

Ready for bond in a 'V'ed' cut out butt joint.

Ready for bond in a ‘V’ed cut out butt joint.

This is really a class act by the crack fillers here in the Valley.  Bond, much harder than mud, is pressed into all butt joints;  walls, ceiling as well as the corner beads.  It’s called bond, because it actually chemically as well as physically  unites the two separate pieces together,  helping to resist cracking.  Notice, I did not say prevent cracking.  After the bond comes several layers of mud spread out over a wide (24″) area.

This is the finished living room using a home brew of grey-silver pearl latex.  Manor Hall by PPG was chosen as it is 100% acrylic and finishes lovelier than any other brand in recent memory. PPG primer was sprayed by the crack fillers.   jayöh pole-sanded the primer coat and rolled on two more coats, pole-sanding in between finished coats with 150 grit.  And yes, the 150 grit paper plugs up a tad.  So get a scratch awl and flick the plugs off the paper.  Have at the wall again.  I received such a superlative job in taping, as we call crack filling back in ON-terrible, that pearl would have been a better choice everywhere instead of eggshell.  To my sensibilities, pearl is more elegant.  As it is, 3 main rooms are done in pearl and jayöh’s verrrrry pleased!

Typical splayed window well, cut out for bond.

Typical splayed window well, cut out for bond.

The finished well using “baby” corner bead and the 45deg. splayed bead.

The finished well using “baby” corner bead and the 45deg. splayed bead.

Gypsum trick: ‘ripping’ a 6″ border for the LR.

Gypsum trick: ‘ripping’ a 6″ border for the LR.

The “T” slide, glides on top with the knife edge  ‘locked’ in place with an edge buried into the soft wood of the carpenter’s home made speed square.  There are so many resources online to aid in the less than proficient owner built home bawdy like moi.  My first foray was with Ken Kern’s: “Owner Built Home” from 1970.  I’m like the Energizer bunny, just can’t stop.

The finished LR border awaits a crown mldg.

The finished LR border awaits a crown mldg.

The LR ceiling border with the chamfer stop mldg from Trim-Tex was the only area where I chose to use a new full 12′ sheet.  Fewer butt joins.

Trammel scribing (both sides) the 8 circles for the DR medallion.

Trammel scribing (both sides) the 8 circles for the DR medallion.

Last edge on a used up Olfa knife blade, becomes the the gypsum scribe.

Notice the two other screws holding the knife tip in place, i.e., in the centre of the trammel board, just a scrap piece of 2 x 2.  The two other screws prevent the knife edge from moving.

Several of the 8 layers for the DR medallion.

Several of the 8 layers for the DR medallion.

Slick eh?  Only in Canada you say?

8 built-up layers staggered for effect . . . mais oui!

8 built-up layers staggered for effect . . . mais oui!

Please note, that the last layer on each course is slightly undersized.  The method in the madness is that the “baby
corner bead” that Scott Nogler used, starts its radii at that point.  A full circle as the layers above, would have interfered with its perfect lay.

Scott and Kyle, one of his 'henchmen', glue and staple the "baby" corner bead in place on their stilts.

Scott and Kyle, one of his ‘henchmen’, glue and staple the “baby” corner bead in place on their stilts.

I don’t recall ever seeing the tapers in ON using stilts.  Hard on the calf muscles until you are either broken in or just broken. ^_^

The finished DR medallion and fixture.

The finished DR medallion and fixture.

The ceiling is rolled the colour chosen; then the plywood circle is screwed to the ceiling.  A hopper is used to spray the knockdown thinned mud. At the right moment, the mud is trowelled flat and the subtle colour gradation of the white and tone chosen, become evident.  What I did was construct a huge 8′ I.D. circle out of 1/4″ ply, using a Bosch laminate trimmer, a 1/4″ up spiral carbide bit and of course a 4′ trammel fixed to the bottom casting of the router.  Remove the plastic plate first.  I’ve had crystal chandeliers in other houses, but these digs are just shelter remember.  None of the fixtures cost more than $99.  Thanks to Home Depot and China.  How much longer can this sea transport last?  Oh well!

Tri-layered vestibule medallion.

Tri-layered vestibule medallion.

Finished vestibule light and medallion.

Finished vestibule light and medallion.

By the time I got around to the last of the three medallions, I had the methodology down pat.  Make ’em on the bench in the shop.  Glue them together using the Trim-Tex chamfer stop used for the wainscotting and screw the entire ensemble to the ceiling in one fell swoop.  All left over scraps.  Eh voila!

Circles around lights and borders.

Circles around lights and borders.

These alabaster fixtures will accept 2- 23W (the equivalent of a  100W incandescent)  CFL’s.  They were less than  $7 each at the Home Despot in a 6 pack.  Yah, I know just like beer!  Again, I fashioned a plywood disc using the router and a trammel; screwed it to the ceiling octagon so that the boys could spray the mud, knockdown it down and then trowel a 4″ border around the ply disc and the outside wall.  Not too shabby as the ply came from scraps of machinery packaging.  This will be my private yoga/study and meditation room.  I and many others, find blue soothing and relaxing.

A story in 3 images.

The slide carriage awaits a sky hook.

The slide carriage awaits a sky hook.

The 520 lb. behemoth riseth and it's not even Easter yet.

The 520 lb. behemoth riseth and it’s not even Easter yet.

I used the table rise and fall wheel to lift the sander up high enough so that the dolly could go underneath.

Dual drum sander rolling down the hallway and over the doorsill.

Dual drum sander rolling down the hallway and over the doorsill.

This baby nearly got away from me.  I didn’t realize it was so top heavy!  As I was tipping it sideways on my own, it came at me with a vengeance.   I thought if I fall under it, no one will hear my cries for help.  I struggled to get it to regain some gravity without my bawdy doing it’s dirty work.  Eventually, while laughing like a combined stuck, suckling pig and hyena, I managed with a few deep gashes in the drywall to get it to stand on its own “two feet”.  Sore back for a few days though!  Yah I know, some people never learn.  And your point is . . .?

It was Feb. and <i>jayöh</i> was still 'in the trenches' on the back wall.

It was Feb. and jayöh was still ‘in the trenches’ on the back wall.

Shingled area is for stacking firewood for the kitchen wood stove.

Shingled area is for stacking firewood for the kitchen wood stove.

Here, under the protection of the carport, I will stack several years supply of firewood.  I knew there was not enough full length pieces of siding, so I chose cedar shingles from NB and placed them 8″ to the weather, which they will never see.

Found the last piece of siding, the one I was looking for. ^_^

Found the last piece of siding, the one I was looking for. ^_^

As I wait for the image to upload, the message from this machine is; “Crunching . . .” Appropo!

As I wait for the image to upload, the message from this machine is; “Crunching . . .” Appropo!

Looking back at the Burgess Mtn. Rd. from within the sanctuary.

Duck pond for two mallards, Him & Her: Yin & Yang: Shiva & Shakti: . . .

Duck pond for two mallards, Him & Her: Yin & Yang: Shiva & Shakti: . . .

The sanctuary’s waterfall. Source is an underground spring.

The sanctuary’s waterfall. Source is an underground spring.

 

Two buddies from NS Power providing the construction hook-up. Jimmy’s the lad up the pole.

Two buddies from NS Power providing the construction hook-up. Jimmy’s the lad up the pole.

Tech cable is buried in the sand.  I now have more power than with the temporary system.  Two – 22oV circuits in the shop, to run some machinery simultaneously such as the dual drum sander and dust collector to prepare the ceiling in the MB.

The white box is home, while the grey box moves closer to completion.  Irony n'est pas?

The white box is home, while the grey box moves closer to completion. Irony n’est pas?

Self image. “Still crazy, after all these years, whoa . . .”

Self image. “Still crazy, after all these years, whoa . . .”

And so after a hiatus from blog scribbling for over two months, jayöh has done the deed and provided readers an update.  As per use~YOU~al, stay tuned to this frequency for the next vibration.  Ester & Jerry Hicks notwithstanding. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

I Am, John Otvos aka jayöh.

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