Hal Shearer's Fretwork Valance

FRETWORK VALANCE
The patience of Job pays off

SHOP OWNER: Hal Shearer
LOCATION: Orem, UT

    Here is a valance that I made to go over the sink in my sister-in-law's kitchen. She just got new cabinets and this piece will span between the cabinets on either side of the sink, with a light behind shining through.
    This valance is 6" x 36", made out of 7/8" oak. There are three sections: the two ends are 7" long each, and the center section is 22" long. The top inch of the valance will be hidden by a one-inch piece of molding, making it look like one long solid piece, thus hiding the fact that I cut it into three pieces so it would fit my saw better.
Hal Shearer's Fretwork Valance

    With almost 400 entry holes, it took many hours to drill, cut and sand this piece, and many more to create the pattern. At one point, I just about turned it into some of my famous designer firestarter! I won't tell where, but I almost cut off a lobe of one of the leaves where I had made a change from the original pattern.
    
    For these pictures, I dampened the wood with mineral spirits to enhance the grain. I'll deliver it unfinished to the cabinet guy so he can finish it to match the cabinets.

. . . Hal Shearer



 

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