Saturday, 13 May 2017

Gothic Manor pt 5

I've always wanted to put an oriel window in a build and the Gothic Manor gave me the perfect opportunity. I'm trying to give the entrance a bit of 'wow' factor with impressive double doors and a decorative window which I guess in the Middle Ages, would speak volumes about the status of the owners

The oriel window is 9mm plywood, cut into strips at both 45° and 90° angles. The picture below shows the window from above. 


To make the roof and supporting masonary for the window I drew a template of the shape I had to follow. First, the base of the window which forms the window sill. It is two pieces of plywood slightly larger than the template shape of the window frame.


I liked the idea of tapering the roof and supporting wall to match each angle in the window frame. The way I did it takes time but, if, like me, you love using hand tools then you will get a great deal of satisfaction when it's done. Starting with the window support, I glued multiple pieces of plywood together and drew the template of the window frame on the top. I then drew a greatly reduced template of the window frame on the bottom. The trick is to file the wood at an angle until the two templates meet.




Every so often, I would draw a pencil line between the templates to make sure I was filing the wood evenly and in the right direction.


I used the exact same technique for the roof but made it much shallower. Because the wood can be difficult to handle while you file/sand it, I screwed a larger piece of scrap wood to the bottom of the piece so that it could be held in a vice. The screws don't go all the way through and the holes are hidden when the roof is glued in place.


I intend to cover the roof with rolled lead and the support will (hopefully) look like stone when I've finished painting it. 


I also shaped the roof over each bay in the same way for a unified look. I'm not keen on the gap between the oriel support and the doorway and have an idea to make a decorative corbel to join the two.

Before I sign off I'll leave you with something pretty to look at since I've blogged bare wood for the last fortnight. I purchased two chairs from Kari Bloom and I'm absolutely thrilled with them. They will make an appearance in the Gothic build 😉 and may give you an idea of how the interior will be decorated 😀


  
Have a wonderful weekend all

Pepper :0)

43 comments:

  1. Wow! I love how that looks! And with framing and decorative trim around the door it'll be just gorgeous and seamless.

    Awesome chairs. Try as I might I can't read the words in the comic strips though.

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    1. It says 'oh Jeff, I love you too but...' and then 'Forget it, forget me. I'm fed up with your kind'. Man, that escalated quickly haha

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  2. Wow! What a great window! I have a feeling that this build will turn out to be absolutely heroic!

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    1. Thanks Jodi. I hope it turns out somewhere close to what I imagine :0)

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  3. A magnificently realized oriel, I love these corbellements
    Your armchairs are irresistible!
    hugs

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  4. I LOVE the prospect of a mix of Gothic and Uber Urban Chic!
    Fabulous chairs and the Oriel window is beautifully done Pepper; but that of course goes without saying! ;P

    elizabeth

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  5. Oh my, the Oriel window look gorgeous and the way you've made this, is ingenious :D!
    I don't know why, but when I see your new chairs (they are absolutely fantastic) make me think of Cruella de Vil from Disney's Hundred and One Dalmatians.....so, will you gothic manor look like a castle, as we sometimes see in cartoons ;O??!!
    Have a nice weekend, Pepper.
    Ilona

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    1. I'm going for a Gothic exterior building that has been repurposed for either a bar or club. Things may change as they tend to do :0)

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  6. Hi Pepper! Your Oriel window looks just like the RL versions! I have huge admiration for your wood working skills! I have no doubt that you will have the stone effect in the end..... I eagerly await seeing those techniques! I woke up thinking about this house.... I hope that doesn't sound creepy.... it just resonates with me so I am getting a vicarious thrill! :) Those chairs are beyond marvelous.... (Marvel-ous ;0)...just what spooky interiors do you have in mind? This is bound to be exciting!!!

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    1. That's not creepy at all Betsy. I often drift to sleep wondering how someone has made something. The interior, at the moment, will be an eclectic mix of old/steampunk and industrial. Sorry no spook goings on unless the ghost of a monk makes an appearance in the attic :0D

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  7. WOW! You are doing a great job building this house. Those windows are perfect! I have zero wood working skills. I am loving watching every step. I am looking forward to seeing how you finish the exterior.
    Your chairs are wonderful. I can't wait to see how you use them in the house.

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    1. I can't believe, given your epic skills, that woodwork wouldn't come naturally to you Catherine. Thanks for the lovely comments :0)

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  8. Preciosa ventana y las sillas me encantan.

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  9. Con truco o sin truco un trabajo excelente. Me gustan mucho los sillones.

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    1. Gracias Isabel. Las sillas son preciosas. Kari Bloom es muy talentoso :0)

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  10. It's so great to see you happy and building — and inspiring us all — again.

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    1. I'm never happier than when I'm up to my eyeballs in wood shavings and playing with big girl tools :0)

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  11. This project is coming along wonderfully! AS I have said many times before, I love seeing the process---

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    1. Thank you Linda, I'm really thankful for your encouragement :0)

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  12. It's great to be able to follow the building of the gothic manor. Your armchairs are wonderful and with them I realise that the interior decoration will be very interesting too.
    Geneviève

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  13. Not only am I in awe of your skills and tools(!) but I think what I love is the attention to detail and getting a perfect finish. I suffer from the same pernickitiness. (new word?) Congratulations on the problem solving and the execution. Marilyn

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    1. I feel your pain Sister. Pernickitiness (I like that word), is the torment of all miniaturists :0P

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  14. I'm really impressed with your self-devisted building techniques. And those chairs - although not my preferred style - are truely fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Tina. It's the first time I've seen Kari Bloom chairs up close and they really are well made :0)

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  15. You go ahead and post bare wood pictures all you'd like, because they're very interesting. Thanks for sharing your methodology, the oriel window (new term for me, thanks for that too) roof and support turned out wonderfully. Another trick I'm going to file away in my memory is screwing the scrap wood to it for a handle. Clever, and obvious, but sometimes I need the obvious pointed out. I'd have accidentally filed my fingertips off before it occurred to me.

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    1. Me too Keli. I often discover the obvious after I've struggled for a week and had an injury. It's amazing I've actually survived this long really :0P

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  16. I can't believe you filed that oriel window roof by hand! It looks so smooth and perfectly symmetrical. Just amazing! And I feel ya with the boring pictures of wood posts, but I think we gain so much knowledge and help from these kinds of posts, so it's worth it!
    Love the chairs, the interior is going to be fabulous I'm sure! Have a great week! :)

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    1. I bet a more experienced woodworker could whip up that profile by cutting it with a saw or using a plane. I'm slow and steady and I eventually get there :0)

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  17. So far I still don't give up hope that your Gothic Manor will be gothic in the spooky way... *LOL* I mean, the fabulous, stunning chairs you've purchased would look perfect in a Witchy Chic home - and even more the side parts are black!!! ;O) Now I'm even more curious to see more progress - and as always it was great to see your working process. This oriel window looks fantastic - and it made me smile how inventive you are to improve the work convenience.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Haha, soory Birgit. The only time it will be truely spooky is when I do a Halloween scene in it. You know all old buildings have a ghost or two hiding somewhere :0D

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  18. Great job on the bay window. The comic chairs are nifty too!

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  19. Hello Pepper,
    I love oriel windows...they are such a wonderful architectural detail. Thank you for taking the time to show us how you made it. It looks lovely and is perfect on the building. Can't wait to see more.
    Big hug
    Giac

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  20. The window is awesome! It's to cool seeing the process and hard work you put in.

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    1. Thank you. I hope I can look back at this and think how much the hard work was worth it. At the moment, all I can think about is splinters and back ache :0P

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  21. That is some mighty fine hand tool work! Beautiful. :]

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    1. Thanks Brae. I have no finesse with fine stuff like embroidery etc, but give me a mash hammer and a chisel... :0D

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  22. I love those filed pieces. They are actually quite soothing and beautiful to look at. I also love the chairs - i love pop art!

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