Basement Knee Wall Ledge Material


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Old 11-14-14, 12:40 PM
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Basement Knee Wall Ledge Material

Hi everyone,

I'm finishing up a remodel of a daylight basement with a knee wall around the entire perimeter. I removed the 1x4 material that was there previously because it was a soft wood that was damaged pretty badly - gouges, scratches and whatnot.

Anyway, I'm trying to decide what type of material to replace it with and thought you fine folks probably had some good ideas!

I do have quite a lot of it to install (~200 linear feet or so), so I'm looking for something economical. I was thinking some kind of hardwood in a 1x dimension would be a good idea... Thoughts?

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Old 11-14-14, 12:43 PM
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Oak is generally my first thought.
 
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Old 11-14-14, 01:50 PM
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Same here - Oak. It is a hardwood and ideal for furniture type applications, which is basically what yours situation is. Stains well, and a couple of coats of poly and you have a shelf that will last for years.
 
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Me three oak as long as you intend to stain/poly it as oak doesn't paint all that well.
 
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I was overly brief in my first response - I would use oak with three coats of oil based polyurethane on it.
 
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Old 11-14-14, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the responses so far. Sounds like Oak is the consensus. Although (and I should've mentioned this in the first post), I AM planning on painting it. I just don't think stain & poly would look right with the rest of the trim - which is also painted.

I hear Oak doesn't paint well...any suggestions?

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Old 11-14-14, 03:31 PM
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I just read a little about whitewashing, or pickling Oak white. Any thoughts on that technique?

Whitewashing and Pickling Techniques : Home Improvement : DIY Network
 
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Old 11-15-14, 04:17 AM
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Personally I don't care much for a pickle finish but there are many that do. If you want to paint oak, you can use a grain filler first. Basically you smear it on and let it dry, then sand it all off just leaving the filler in the grain. You would then prime/paint as you would any other wood. I have used joint compound as a grain filler with good results.
 
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Old 11-17-14, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions folks. After reading your replies about oak, I think I'll go with poplar instead since I'm planning on painting. Painting oak sounds like a pain in the you-know-what...besides, I'd hate to spend the money on a pretty piece of wood just to cover it with paint.

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I'd hate to spend the money on a pretty piece of wood just to cover it with paint.
me too ................................
 
 

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