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Deckhead Panels Go Up - Jan 2016

Posted by XenaCommander on January 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Prepping the Ceiling

The last post finished when I just finished putting the strapping on the ceiling frames..  I put all the edge bits up as well for when I put the wall panels in.  This is easier done before I put the ceiling panels up.  
Of course I needed to locate the exact spots for the lights...  I didn't know if 4 lights would be enough... or if I would need 6...   so I wired the lights in place temporarily and waited till dark..!!!


Hmmm question answered...   these lights are fantastic..  so I only need 4..   Note the panel strapping in corners and along top corners..   I am ready for ceiling and walls now.    Rear panel first.... 
Now being a solo builder and nobody around at moment I can call on for assistance...  I needed to devise some way I can hold the panels in place while the glue dried...  Sit down and ponder that one...


Solution...   I spent some time and fabricated some props...   Being the holidays the local timber store was shut..   so I had to fossick among my own timber racks and came up with enough for 7 good props...   I raided TK's foam supplies and fixed some over the top of the props...    Result...!!!!

Panels Go Up...

The first panel measured... and cut..  Very tricky...    here I go..  how the hell do I lift it up there... and then get a prop under it..!!!    Well being tall helped...   but another couple of arms would have been good..   But I managed it ok after a couple of mishaps...  Pic is of first panel dry fit...  which I had to do many as it needed trimming a few times to get as near perfect as I could get it...

All glued up... and after a lot of running around to get the props in enough places to hold it firm I think I got it...!
I left it overnight... 
Next morning I came out and removed the props...  Hoping like hell that the panel wasn't loose anywhere... Fingers crossed...


All good... Panel looks good..  first finished surface outside of the bathroom...   I am pleased with that.
Now do I continue with the ceiling... or as I was doing the bed..  go to the rear wall and then the bed...  Hmmm decisions decisions...   Since I am in ceiling panel mode..  I think I will continue with the ceiling...  However I need to finish the strapping for the front of the bedroom where it slopes down...   Tricky...


View facing forward...   Strapping clamped in place..  talk about weird angles..  the ceiling has a curve... and the slope meets it on the top and the bottom of the slope..  Oh well.. it doesn't need to be perfect but enough for the panel to glue to.  Now that is done... I can put the second ceiling panel up...


Second panel glued up and props removed..  I had one corner that refused to stay stuck.. but that was fixed pretty quickly...  


a view from the front looking back..  the ceiling looks great...

Now comes the hard part..  cutting the panel to go on that slope...   To tell the truth I wasn't keen to do that one..   My friend procrastination came by and I found a few excuses to avoid starting on that one...  but after a day!!   I kicked myself into gear and tried to figure the best way to do it...

I know..   a pattern..    After all that is why I bought some core flute...   So measure... cut.... measure...  cut.. measure... cut...  dry fit...   measure... cut....measure.. cut...  fit..  more measure.. cut... measure... cut.. .fit.. cut.. fit... cut... fit...cut...fit...   ad nauseum...!!!!

There...  pattern in place... duck tape holding it up... Close enough...  Now to cut the bloody panel.. not one straight edge on it..!    I started with a jigsaw but the blade ripped the paint off the ply on the edges..  not that it would really mattered but I didn't like it..  so reverted to Festool and did many small cuts with panel saw.  Of course I needed what felt like 50 dry fits and trimming to get it right...  but I got there in the end...


These props are great...   panel all glued up..  and props to hold.   Leave overnight to dry...  must be Med time.


All done..  Not sure I am totally happy with it..  from this angle it looks a little unbalanced.   but I figure it is because of the sliding door straightening the curve across the top of the door and on the right.. It will be great after the cupboards go in..  it will cover it all anyway....   All good..   I temporarily fixed a piece of ply I had lying around across the join..   I am going to fabricate a joiner to glue in across the gap between panels.

Thats it for now...  next the rear wall..  then back to the bed which I have deconstructed and put in the shed.

Stay tuned.

XC

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