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12-06-2017 04:35 PM

i’m having a media wall built that was inspired by this look. my designer took over and suggested….oak. needless to say, the effect has been something less than anticipated. i have spent the last two days learning as much as i could cram into my brain. the worst part is they already bought & cut all the wood. ugh.

so…i took some samples to see if i could get a darker, smoother oak without the grain turning black. i tried sanding sealer, putty grain fillers, pore fillers & water based grain fillers. i can get a nice smooth honey finish, but if i go much darker it starts to look too rustic. i’m going for sleek & modern.

as best i can tell, the wood in the photo is vertical cut sinker cypress. i checked, and good new! it’s cheap! (cough)

so….is there a less expensive wood i can use with a finishing technique that will yield a similar result? i really appreciate the help.

kevin


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#1 posted 12-06-2017 04:40 PM

It looks like walnut to me. Butternut would be an alternative. Sinker cypress is going to run you an arm and a leg.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 04:57 PM

yeah, the sinker cypress is pretty $$$. the accent wall will be about 8’ high and 11’ wide. the sinker cypress costs $2,500 for the lumber & shipping. beautiful, though! thx for the tip on walnut / butternut. we may go that route.

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 05:02 PM

I was gonna say walnut as well. If you are just doing a large flat surface like that you can get a roll of veneer.

http://www.oakwoodveneer.com/walnut-veneer-flat-cut.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImYWKp-711wIVClYNCh102AKGEAAYAiAAEgL3cvD_BwE

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 05:29 PM

i hadn’t thought of veneer. looks nice in the photo; definitely similar to what i want. looks like they have sinker cypress veneers as well.

i have never worked with it before. do i need to vacuum bag it, or can i glue it to the underlying wood & then put a bunch of weight on it? i would probably cut it into planks, tongue & groove & end match. am i on the right path? thx

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#5 posted 12-07-2017 02:15 PM

My guess is contact cement on both surfaces and rolled with a heavy J roller (like a laminate countertop). That site looks like it has peel and stick type stuff too. If you want a tongue and groove look my guess is you should work with the real wood. Have you gone to a flooring place to see what they have?

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#6 posted 12-07-2017 03:08 PM

If you use solid wood be sure to allow for some expansion top to bottom (across the width of the boards). A walnut wall that wide will expand and contract up to a half inch.

I like the idea of walnut. You might find some prefinished flooring that would look nice.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#7 posted 12-07-2017 05:49 PM

zooming in on the pic and also thinking about the weight, im thinkin thats a veneered ply frame and hollow in the middle. a solid chunk of wood that size would be extremely heavy.
might even be a print.

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#8 posted 12-07-2017 06:00 PM

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#9 posted 12-07-2017 06:04 PM

Have you considered some of the wood flooring materials out now.
I’m thinking of the bamboo flooring I put in a bathroom. It was “snap” together but if you cut off the snap edges and just edge joined the pieces together it would eliminate the small grove that shows when snapped together. Laminate it onto a 1/2” (or thicker) apple plywood base and cover the exposed end grain with the same material. If you wanted you could bevel the ends of each piece and have a waterfall grain effect around the sides.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 12-07-2017 08:04 PM

I’ll side with the others, even money says that’s a veneer.

when your designer suggested oak after looking at that picture you should have fired them.

I’m just sayin’

-- measure twice, cut once.

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#11 posted 12-08-2017 02:34 PM

yeah, we’ve shared some words. she’s the one that showed us the original photo & then showed up w/ stained oak samples. surprising that she wanted input from us on which stain to use, but requested zero input on the different types of wood.

i love the sinker cypress, but we’ll probably go walnut. she’ll be back in the AM with some samples. hopefully it all goes well. i wish i had just built it myself….

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#12 posted 12-09-2017 03:57 PM

Gonna go out on another limb here – you can get that look with vinyl wallpaper as well for a LOT less than having something permanent built. I was repainting a house for someone that was going on the market and the kitchen cabinets had all the center panels painted and I found wallpaper that was a close match to the unpainted wood. Looked great and cost very little.

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#13 posted 12-10-2017 02:00 PM


Gonna go out on another limb here – you can get that look with vinyl wallpaper as well for a LOT less than having something permanent built. I was repainting a house for someone that was going on the market and the kitchen cabinets had all the center panels painted and I found wallpaper that was a close match to the unpainted wood. Looked great and cost very little.

It’s not really about cheap for me; IMO vinyl has no depth and is quite obviously not wood. Solution here needs to match the decor of its surroundings, which are pretty nice.

Designer couldn’t make it yesterday on account of snow; we’ll check out the walnut samples. If they look nice, we’ll do walnut t&g. If not, then sinker cypress.

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