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jonlan

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05-04-2017 03:32 AM

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Hi All. I’m aiming to redo my garage and I’d like to add a lower wall sort of wainscoting. I’ve always liked the look of half the wall being something other than dry wall in the garage. I had started thinking about using corrugated metal but quickly gave that idea up and settled on some type of wood. A friend suggested using weathered boards to make a sort of board wall with different size pieces. Something that looks like this (a random picture I just found)...

http://kristineldridge.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/wood-plank-wall-diy-1.jpg

After spending some time trying to figure out how hard it would be to find weathered looking wood I gave up on that as well. Im now thinking it would be so much easier just to buy some 1×4’s and cut them to random lengths, pick a few different color stains, and then piece them all together. My question now is about the wood. Pine is certainly the cheapest. Rough sawn 1×4’s in 8’ are only about $3 at my local Menards. Im a little worried about them starting to warp over time though. Im guessing cedar would be less prone to warping but they cost almost twice as much. My thought is that if I use 1/4 inch backer board of some type that I can put enough nails into the pine that I wont have to worry about it. The last thing I want is for the walls to start warping and pulling away though. I guess I could always liquid nail the boards to the backer board too. That might be a nice compromise and I guess if I ever got sick of the look I could just take the backboard off and still have drywall that wasnt damaged by the glue.

Anyone ever attempted something like this with pine? Thoughts?


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#1 posted 05-04-2017 03:50 AM

I think I would just use Cedar fence pickets. About 4 X 1/2 X 6’. Cheap at a little over a buck each. Can be cut to lengths and widths as you want and you wont have any problems with them warping indoors. Nail or glue them up.

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 03:53 AM

@papadan – I was just thinking the same thing. They’re cheaper and thinner about about 5/8s. I think I’ll have to buy one of each and see how they take the stain. I thought I liked the idea of rough sawn but I’d have to do some sanding to make sure you didnt get a sliver when you walked past the wall.

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 05:16 AM

Amateur video but good content.

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#4 posted 05-04-2017 03:52 PM

Pallet wood?

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#5 posted 05-04-2017 04:04 PM

I’m with you on liking the look of wainscoting. My current shop has wainscoting made from old SYP bleachers that I got for a steal. If/when I build the next shop, I’m planning to use tongue and groove carsiding.

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#6 posted 05-06-2017 03:48 AM



@papadan – I was just thinking the same thing. They re cheaper and thinner about about 5/8s. I think I ll have to buy one of each and see how they take the stain. I thought I liked the idea of rough sawn but I d have to do some sanding to make sure you didnt get a sliver when you walked past the wall.

- jonlan

Agree with sanding! Also, make sure that they are good and dry. A lot of times those pickets get shipped pretty wet, and will shrink quite a bit. I built a fence on one side of my property after the ‘94 Northridge earthquake; the wood spattered water when we drove in the nails, and we ended up with about 1/2” gaps when it dried. Not pretty.

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