End Grain Wall

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Project by mdf posted 05-11-2008 05:11 AM 11884 views 35 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this does not require much wood working skill to do, but I thought I would share what I did with less desirable wood scraps.

No, it’s not the couch, but the wall I want to talk about ;).

The wall is made from end grain pieces of 2×4 and 2×6 lumber anything I had lying around, even pressure treated wood went into the pot. I cut the pieces in thicknesses from 1/4 to 1/2 in and nailed them to the wall in a random pattern.

I got the idea one time I went to Home Depot and saw the end of a big pallet of 2×4s and thought it would look nice as a wall. Almost a wood version of the stacked rock walls. It is easy and cheap to do, but about 2000 pieces went into this wall measuring 10×9ft, so it takes some time.


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#1 posted 05-11-2008 05:28 AM

I’m totally into it-Love It!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 05:32 AM

Now that shows real genius! It looks GREAT! Congrats!!!

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 07:04 AM

It may not have taken a lot of skill as you say , but it sure must have taken a lot of work!


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 07:15 AM

You are definately not allowed to go to Home Depot anymore. Nice wall.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 07:54 AM

wow…that is cool…amazing in pict #1…looks like a museum…or a cool cafe scene…the closeup looks unfinished…but the distance shot looks finished…is it just the light???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 12:59 PM

Yeah that really came out well, great idea. What about finishing that? I bet it would suck up a ton of what ever you put on it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 01:03 PM

This is certainly a unique wall. It adds a focal point to the room. Something like this requires both creativity and imagination.

Very nicely done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 01:04 PM

Your were right…. it does look good.

I must say that in the back of my mind for years has been the idea of doing a dining table with end grain. It’s not my idea, but one I saw on “This Old House” when it was hosted by Bob Villa years ago.

Of course I forgot the system and then “poof” with the magic of the internet a few years ago I found his system listed and here is the link:

Installing end grain

Additional information on a cobblewood style is available here

You didn’t do the grout and mastic, but with all that labor you can see why they get 20 to 30 bucks a square foot for that design in a floor.

If I ever get to my table I think I will use 4×4 squares for a random pattern. Your project has inspired me to take a look at it again so thanks…...... so many ideas…. so little time! Perhaps a saying that is more appropriate for this idea I lug around is “Ideas are a dime a dozen..The person who puts them into use is priceless”.

If you keep showing these great end grain products I’m going to have to work. I’m hiding them from the Mrs. :))

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 03:47 PM

That turned out to be one beautiful wall. I have layed both brick and stone, but never wood. LOL

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 03:55 PM

Thank you very much!

The wall is unfinished and I really like that way it gradually changed in color over time. Is it not a museum or a cafe but just a part of my studio/workshop.

BrianM – thanks for the link. I have not seen this type of flooring before. That will have to be a future project. I guess I am not done cutting end grain pieces ;).

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 04:33 PM

Pretty cool !!!.What a great way to utilize scraps.Very creative.

-- Scott NM,

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#12 posted 05-11-2008 04:48 PM

that is a pretty cool idea. nice execution!

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#13 posted 05-11-2008 10:55 PM

Mads, you just blew my mind! End grain flooring has been around for a long time and is making a resurgence as a soft compliment to modern interiors. But an entire accent wall skinned in end grain! Awesome!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#14 posted 05-12-2008 01:02 AM

do you have a problem with the expansion of the wood?

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#15 posted 05-12-2008 02:56 AM

From a distance, it looks like a stone wall, which I like. I’m always in admiration of good use of “scraps”, and creativity, and this project fits the bill. Well done, sir.

-- Have a blessed day!

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