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COLLEGE & CHURCH MILLWORK

 

Olek Replicates historic millwork for Church and College buildings being restored. Millwork may have been destroyed by modernization, or fire. We precisely follow drawings to recreate the past designs, fabricating knives in our shop as needed to replicate all of the profiles needed. We have worked on single projects that have required as many as 100 pairs of knives. Lumber is carefully selected to match the original. Quarter sawn oak was often used in better millwork, or rift cut. The appearance is quarter sawn white oak, often called "tiger" oak for the striping pattern of its medullary rays, is quite different from the "cathedral" graining pattern found in flat-cut white oak. The patina of antique panelling may be precisely replicated by our artists, by combination of aniline dyes and pigmented stains. The new woodwork finish is carefully matched, and is indistinguishable next to centuries old paneling, even when joined directly to the old millwork.

 

 

Ornate neo-Gothic design



More important than many realize, is replicating the joinery of the past. Mortise and tenon joinery was an integral part of traditional millwork, for good reason. It holds up to the stresses of use, for hundreds of years. Modern methods of joining woodwork, using dowels, biscuits, or nails will not hold up for many decades. Today another issue that comes up is using veneered MDF rather than solid lumber. Of course, using solid lumber is superior in every respect, except higher cost, to using MDF, which breaks apart under low stresses and minor damaging forces. Solid lumber is sometimes in conflict with the Fire Code, demanding fire-rated MDF instead of solid lumber.

 



Below are some examples of Olek's Church or College millwork:

 



FORDHAM ROSE HILL CAMPUS- DWAYNE LIBRARY


ALL INTERIOR MILLWORK REPLACEMENT- 250,000 SF BLDG




Dwyne Hall Interior Millwork Replacement Dwyne Hall Interior Millwork Replacement


Dwyne Hall Interior Millwork Replacement

 

 

 

 

GREAT HALL


All millwork new to replace original, see old sepia photo above. The Gothic Screen has 2 Double Doors, 5" thick quartered solid white oak.



Dwyne Hall Reception Desk

 

 

 

 

 

New Reception desk and A/V closet added to original design



Solid quartered white oak throughou Great Hall walls- new paneling throughout

Solid quartered white oak throughout

Great Hall walls- new paneling



 

 

 

 

 



Ornate neo-Gothic design included crockets, quatrefoils, trefoils, roses, arches, and other complex hand-carved shapes. Photographed eight years post-completion.



REST OF MILLWORK THROUGHOUT BUILDING NEW- GUT RENOVATION:

 





Typical first floor millwork in common halls. Doors at back of hall were some of the remaining original millwork remnants, all restored by Olek in the library building.

 








ENTRY VESTIBULE PANELING:

 







WAINSCOT PANELING ON OTHER FLOORS

 



Running & standing trim throughout the four floors of the building were also in our scope.

 





CUNY-HUNTER COLLEGE-SARA DELANOR & FDR TOWNHOUSES

 

MILLWORK RESTORATION; PANELING, DOORS, WINDOWS, TRIM





Sara Delanor Roosevelt and Franklin Delanor Roosevelt's Townhouses, now Hunter College. All Millwork restored or replicated by Olek.

 





Old stairway required new paneling, old had been demolished.

 





Paneling for stairs, fabricated with mortise and tenon joinery. Note the "tongues" of wood, or tenons, that project into slots , or mortises cut into vertical stiles. Strongest, longest lasting joinery. Was not required for this project. See the panels below, fit tongue and groove into stiles and rails above. Traditional joinery.

 







New stair rail paneling installed.

 





Hallway paneling salvaged in part, demolished in part.

 





Hall paneling installed

 





FDR's Library, old paneling demolished. New paneling different, to accommodate air conditioning, see below.

 







Church Replicated Gallery



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