Together we put a frame of 1 x 3 pine up and around where the valence will go. The chop saw makes quick and nice angles, so the work went quickly. Two of us were needed to hold the long boards in place while they were being countersunk and screwed. Yes, I did some of the work...so knock it off with the jokes. Thayne is always glad to help and jumps right it....which is great!
No board was needed at this end, just the front and the back. All went nicely, but it did get hot quickly in the basement with both of us working, so we cracked the window. Odd for this time of the year (November) in Utah, where I usually have two feet of snow in the window well. The frame goes just to the edge. On this I'll put another 1 x 3 board for mounting the fake corrugated metal sheets.
The layout tapers at one end. so we carefully installed the angled pieces to follow the benchwork line. Perfect! It would have taken me eight hours to do all this alone.
Next we cut two more boards and toenailed them into the frame. These boards will hold up the light fixture. The two bulb T-8 48" fixture doesn't weigh much, so this is more than sufficient.
Great! One of four lights is now in place. I won't begin the wiring until they are all done. We did this on Sunday when I could cut wood. It is hard to use the saw when the kids are going to bed early during the week, so not sure when we'll finish the other lights. The rest of it will go quickly, I'm sure.
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