Then, using the forms and a vacuum press—beats steaming and clamping—I laminated thin pieces of poplar to make four sections with mitered corners. Using a scaffold and braces, I was able to assemble the sections on the nursery ceiling, screwing them into blocking already in place. All told, the project took me about 130 hours. Someday, I'll tell Charlotte all about it!
Shown: The curvaceous coffering is made with seven pieces of trim laminated with the help of a 21st-century vacuum press.