THis is a new builder for me and he has some really peculiar ideas and ways of doing things. The following conditions applied because i was not involved pre framing. The stairs are pre built the framer installed to close to framing. I wanted to remove the drywall to create the look i have attached pics to in previous jobs. He feels using drywall is cheaper. I told him to buy the materials for true panel work and i would eat the labor to demo the drywall. (I guess 15 sheets of 1/4" sandaply would break the budget). The Drywall job is hideous. The framing is even worse behind that. We have spent 40 manhours tearing out drywall around openings and correcting issues. The story of a finish carpenter.(sorry about the rant) No place for our work to hide.
I do agree with the wider board at the bottom see attached pics. I get stuck with choosing evils on the job. Sometimes you have to let the owner be the one doing the choosing. The guy with the checkbook may not be right but it is his call. I did a mach up with the taller rail at the bottom and he vetoed it.
Herb we do not texture our walls or ceilings all smooth finished. These finishers can barely achieve a level 2 at best. My father was a finisher, he was one of the few able to obtain a level 5 finish. To do so everything before him had to be done properly and without fail.
In the attached photos I had total control of the job. I have researched proper techniques on panel work for quite a while. I nailed this one with what i consider to be the proper placement and transition of all components. GAry Katz has a video serious that i purchesed a while back. His information is invaluable. I also am always on the lookout for old pattern books that was the bible for carpenters. Anderson actually produces them at this point.
Not my first rodeo.
Last edited by Gr8trim4u; 01-07-2017 at 02:21 PM.
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