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Forum topic by Sydla posted 01-23-2017 09:16 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sydla

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01-23-2017 09:16 PM

I am currently working on a shiplap wall project for my wife. I plan on routing rabbets on 1×6s to create the ship lap boards.

Length of one wall is 11 feet so I would likely just purchase 12 foot long sections and cut them to size. However, I have quite a few 8 foot sections of 1×6 pine already. Is there any sound way to connect them end to end to create 11 foot long boards where I would also be able to blend the seam in?

Pocket screws and glue and then maybe some wood filler and sand down the seam to blend it in where once painted, you won’t even know a seam is there?

Thanks.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 09:28 PM

Finger joints.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 09:34 PM

Sydla – You might consider a scarf joint to lengthen you 8 foot boards.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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corelz125

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 10:23 PM

If you only want it to blend and not support any weight can miter them

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Sydla

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 10:28 PM

Yeah, they will just be wall paneling. They will not be supporting any weight.

My wife likes the clean, unbroken look of certain shiplap panels. So what I would want is a method to attach these simply without the seam being noticeable as the wood expands and contracts in various seasons. That’s why I thought pocket screws and glue. I have some scraps and could play around with different methods to see what gives the cleanest look.

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gargey

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 10:34 PM

Yeah, if you want to have it look bad and bother you for the rest of eternity.

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Sydla

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#6 posted 01-23-2017 11:49 PM



Yeah, if you want to have it look bad and bother you for the rest of eternity.

- gargey

I apologize, but is this directed at me?

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Lee

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 12:20 AM

Half lap is easy to make and much stronger than pocket screw, also you would be pocket screwing into end grain witch doesn’t work very well

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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clin

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#8 posted 01-24-2017 01:02 AM

I’d go with some sort of locking joint, like Ron posted. Wood moves around. While woods moves little the length of the grain, boards still bow and this can cause them to pull apart. A finger joint is another idea. But one where the finger run across the width of the boards. So you only see the fingers from the board edge and have just the one line across the the board.

However, I’ll vote for getting the wood you need. Will the 8 ft you have match the new wood well enough? How much money are you really going to save using the 8 ft.

Of course I think it’s common for paneling boards NOT be one continuous piece. If you do use the 8 footers, be sure to randomly orient the seams from board to board. It will not be invisible.

-- Clin

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#9 posted 01-24-2017 01:07 AM

dowels work well.

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Loren

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#10 posted 01-24-2017 01:08 AM

A long scarf joint will conceal the joint is
to be painted.

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 01-24-2017 01:10 AM

I would suggest a finger joint router bit set. If you go with the 8’ boards make sure to use enough of them to make it,look right.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Madmark2

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#12 posted 01-24-2017 01:11 AM

Use a rail & stile set to route each end of each piece. They’ll mate perfectly and won’t tend to open when flexed.

M

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Sydla

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#13 posted 01-24-2017 01:12 AM

The cost to buy the 12 foot boards isn’t an issue. But since I had these boards I figured if there was a way to make them work for the project.

I likely will go with the longer board but might still play around with some of the suggestions above for fun. Always nice to learn a couple of new things.

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Richard Lee

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#14 posted 01-24-2017 01:14 AM

If you glue 2 boards end to end and leave expansion room on both sides the joint will not be affected by humidity and temp.
Finger jointed boards are used for many things and dont pull apart.
You could also use Biscuits or a Spline.

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gargey

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#15 posted 01-26-2017 08:54 PM


Yeah, if you want to have it look bad and bother you for the rest of eternity.
- gargey

I apologize, but is this directed at me?
- Sydla

Yes, it is directed at your post.

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