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07-22-2016 08:14 PM

Hi all. I’m new to this site and forum. I am finally, after 32 years, working on putting my shop together. I’m at the stage now in doing some remodeling. My shop will be 21×20. I gutted the 8’ ceiling to make a cathedral for more head room. I’m using 1×6 t&g v groove #2 pine for the final. My question is, should I stain it or leave it natural?
Thanks for your input.

-- Michael

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 08:41 PM

Ask your spouse …

-- Madmark -

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 08:49 PM

After having a shop with wood paneling my current shop has drywall painted white with lots of lighting. The white walls make it so much brighter and my aging eyes need all the help they can get. So, in my opinion, don’t stain (which makes it darker) but leave it natural or even consider a white wash to lighten it even more.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 09:20 PM

What greatview said. Rock it and paint it white. Save the pine for projects.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 10:46 PM

As others have said and in opposition to the Rolling Stones “Paint it White” You appreciate the reflected light which will make seeing what you’re doing easier. I’ve a barn and two tracks of fluorescent and its still dim. It was only when I started putting up Husky Trackwall (white rails) that the shop started to seem a little brighter and easier to see in.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 12:25 AM

Ask your spouse …

- MadMark

happy wife …...HAPPY LIFE

What greatview said. Rock it and paint it white. Save the pine for projects.

- muleskinner


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#6 posted 07-23-2016 12:42 AM

Maybe a little of both,,,thin some oil base paint in white or the off whites down 3 to 1 with mineral spirits and do a wash coat and then leave as is or poly over it. try something on a sample piece first to see how you like it. Looks Great on pine.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 01:47 AM

This is great response. I really appreciate all the comments. I will try and send pictures of the progress. I’m sure I will be asking for further advice. Enjoy your weekend.

-- Michael

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#8 posted 07-24-2016 04:14 AM

Does anyone have some advise on a home made bowjack?

-- Michael

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