I have been starting a wood paneling project for the past couple months now (part of a larger reno project). It was originally going to be done in MDF (and was started) until my wife informed me that she wanted it stained to match some other built-ins we have. So that means real wood. I am thinking about doing it with 1×3 poplar top rail and stiles, 1×4 bottom rail, and 1×2 or 1×3 chairrail and the panels in either 1/4 in. birch or oak plywood. Depending on how the bottom rail looks on the floor, there may or may not be a small floor moulding. The desing is a simple Craftsman-ish style, no mouldings or raised panels, just nice straight lines. I may put in some type of simple brace on each stile to hold up the chairrail. The plan is to route 1/4 in. in the edges of the stiles and rails and fit the panels between. Since I won’t be using any ferring strips and the stiles don’t all line up on the studs, I am thinking of using Liquid Nails to secure the panels and stiles to the wall and brad nail where there is a stud and brad nail the rails. That brings me to another issue. Since there are windows on 2 of the walls, I can’t make the panels all the same size across the wall (I want a stile on each edge of the window). So I’ve fit them in the best I can to be as close in size as possible, although it probably won’t be hard to see the difference.
Any feedback, advice, considerations, or validation is welcome. I’ll attached my SketchUps for the project (I hardly start a project without them anymore), in color and b&w so you can see the lines better.
-- Scott Rust - The Roostermiester