How to install floor to ceiling (4' x 8') wood wall art?

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02-02-2012 06:29 PM

Hello All,

Not sure if this question really belongs here, but I thought I would ask anyways.

I have been designing a floor to ceiling wood wall art panel in my head. It will be a 4’ x 8’ panel. It is basically a negative space pattern that i will cut out on a quarter inch ply using a jig saw.

Before I embark on this project, I want to figure out all the steps to understand its feasibility. So here are my two questions:

1- Is quarter inch ply too thin for such a huge panel? If so, should I go with 1/2” thick?

2- What is the best way to install such a panel on the wall?

Has anyone done such a project before? If so, can you please share pictures and/or details?


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#1 posted 02-02-2012 07:31 PM

1/4”ply usually has some flex to it, but that may or may not be an issue. It might sag while trying to cut the middle out with a jig saw, but I can think of ways to support it that would make it work. 1/4” ply is also pretty light weight, so you wouldn’t need super strength to keep it on a wall. You could use a construction glue/adhesive like liquid nails and glue it straight to the wall, although you might not get it off in one piece. If you could stand having screws going through the piece, I would proabaly screw it to the wall (find the studs for the most support). You could even put a spacer behind the piece to keep it away from the wall adding depth to the “art”. I would add a couple of the screw/spacer things near the middle of the project if I could make it work with the design. I would also try to do something to make the screws part of the art, or at least cooler looking then a screw head. (although depending on the “art” a screw head or bolt head might be neat.
I haven’t done anything large like this but I do lots of scroll work which on a small scale would be similar to what you are looking to do.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 02:24 AM

Any solid piece of plywood mounted to a wall will absorb/lose different amounts of moisture on the exposed side. This will cause it to expand and buckle. 1/2” plywood should be half as likely to bow as 1/4” plywood. But then it weighs twice as much and will be twice as much work to cut with a jigsaw.

Is it possible to add bracing to the back to hold it flat. This would make it like a torsion box.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 04:35 PM

MrsN and Steve,

Thanks for your reply.

After thinking about your suggestions and doing some more research, I think I have it figured out. I think a torsion box type setup would do, with a french cleat on the back. That way, the lower part of the cleat can be screwed into wall studs to give give the panel a sturdier support.

Thanks for all your help!

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