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fillmoregandt
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Shiplap question
Chip and Joanna jokes aside, I'm wanting to redo my basement game room by shiplapping two walls. I've read up on it on several diy sites, and seems pretty straight forward. Most look like they are ripping playwood sheets into 6"-8" strips, then tacking to the wall.

Has anyone done this or something similar? Seems easy enough. I plan on painting each board before putting on the wall, but even then, I can't see it being too much. What thickness plywood? 1/4"?
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ItNeverRains
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I used MDF over drywall. more consistent/modern looking. Very happy with outcome i'll take a picture and edit later.


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wickowick
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How large are the walls?


fillmoregandt
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7' tall, roughly 15' long (each). The other two walls are either closets or bookshelves/gun racks


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I built my bed and made shiplap for it. I bought rough sawn poplar and milled it. Left part of it rough to give an old look. I also used hand planes to flatten one face, again for an old look.

Turned out great.


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Cracker
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buy it at 84 lumber the other big box stores may have it but I now at 84 its a hell of a lot cheeper to buy than make it.


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keakar
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ya they making the fake shite but thats good enough for interior accent walls.

get 1/4" plywood and rip it in 6" or 8" widths

use 16 penny nails as spacers for 1/8" gaps and use 18g brad nailer to put them up with

it will look great as long as you make straight cuts and take your time to measure accurately and use a trim piece in the corners so you dont see any bad end cuts
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ryno0212
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Work in progress... used 1/4 plywood in our guest bathroom



fillmoregandt
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That looks good


So, the 1/4” is good for thickness? Seen a couple posts and other places that use 1/4”


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gumbo2176
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I've lived in houses with Shiplap siding and it is nothing like you are describing. The boards are about 7-8 inches high each and the top of the board has a cove cut into it to reduce the thickness by about half and the board that goes on top of it has a rabbet that covers the top of the board making it water-tight.

The shiplap I'm familiar with is made of solid wood.


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keakar
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Work in progress... used 1/4 plywood in our guest bathroom


that looks great, but i would be kinda scared of mold issues in the gaps with all the moisture in bathrooms


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Rossberg02
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1/4” sanded plywood, rip it into 8’ strips, and use a brad nailer to hang them with a penny/nickel gap. If your runs are longer than 8’ might want to stagger the rows so you don’t have one seam that stands out. If you don’t want to do that, maybe 45* the ends that will meet up for the seam...


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dukesilver72
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he shiplap I'm familiar with is made of solid wood


Agreed. We just completed our build, we used pine for the shiplap in Living and Master Bath


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halleburton
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Get smooth Hardie siding and cut to length. Will save you a lot of (most likely uneven) ripping and looks good. Comes 5/16 thick.

eta: apply over sheetrock w/ gaps to your liking. avoid corner boards if at all possible.
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Art Vandelay
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Buy mdf shiplap or nickel gap. frick all that ripping and spacing. It’s the way to go if interior and painting.


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ryno0212
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It’s call faux shiplap. Instead of ripping down the Sheetrock and putting up boards you just give it the appearance of real shiplap.


DMAN1968
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Instead of ripping down the Sheetrock

If only doing an accent wall why would you rip out the sheetrock?


ducksnbass
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Yes, I did our dining room wall using 1/4 plywood. Turned out great. Used nickels to keep the space between them consistent. I can't remember the exact width I made them, but I just figured out what width came out even leaving no waste after I ripped them down on the table saw.


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ryno0212
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Accent wall you wouldn’t have to rip out Sheetrock. I’m just saying true shiplap isn’t on top of Sheetrock. If your doing a wall that has a window or door frame real shiplap boards would be to thick and you would have to most likely redo the frame. That won’t be a problem if you use 1/4 ply.


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Golfer
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Chip and Joanna jokes aside, I'm wanting to redo my basement game room by shiplapping two walls. I've read up on it on several diy sites, and seems pretty straight forward. Most look like they are ripping playwood sheets into 6"-8" strips, then tacking to the wall.

Has anyone done this or something similar? Seems easy enough. I plan on painting each board before putting on the wall, but even then, I can't see it being too much. What thickness plywood? 1/4"?


You can buy "shiplap" siding that has the rabbet grooves from a lumber supply store like Holmes or 84 Lumber.

If you don't want to go this route, just get 1x8's and stack them with a "penny gap".

If you're laying it over the sheetrock, you'll have to do 1/4" smooth plywood or mdf and rip them into your desired width.
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