How to Build a Dining Room Arch
Steve Watson of Don't Sweat It helps homeowners add character with a stylized archway.
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Materials and Tools:
2 small diameter columns
6 sheets 1/2-inch A/C plywood
1 sheet 1/4-inch luan
1 sheet 1/8 drywall
20 2x4x8 lumber
1. Lay out the arch on a sheet of 1/2-inch plywood. Cut out half of the arch and use that piece as a template for the other half to ensure a perfectly symmetrical arch. Once the entire arch is cut out, use that as a template to mark the drywall on the existing header. Mark both sides of the header with the template.
2. Cut away the drywall using a reciprocating saw (or jab saw), and remove the drywall to expose the framing.
3. Next, cut out the framing.
4. Using the first arch as a template, cut a second arch out of 1/2-inch plywood.
5. Nail 8-inch pieces of 2x4 to the ceiling joists at 16-inch centers along the new header location.
6. Nail one plywood arch to each side of the blocks, creating a 9-inch wide overhead arch. Next, nail in more blocks of 2x4 along the curve on the bottom of the arch. Nail a piece of 1/4-inch luan plywood to these blocks to complete the structure.
7. Fill all the nail holes and the edges of the plywood, then sand flat when dry.
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