How to cut fake beadboard paneling?

Old 02-09-06, 09:30 AM
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How to cut fake beadboard paneling?

We have these this thin white panels by Georgia Pacific, it's a hardboard material, (melamine?), that mimics the look of beadboard. We put them on a staircase landing wall to cover the wall that was getting all dented and scratched. The board wasn't wide enough, so my husband had to put 2 pieces, but he said he couldn't cut this material evenly, so he pushed the 2 pieces as close together as he could, but there still was a visible rough edge. Then he covered the 2 pieces with a 1 inch flat strip of wood. It blends a little into the beadboard pattern, except that since it's on top of the paneling it's now 3-D.

As you might be able to tell, I don't like that little cover-up. We're going to put some more of this paneling on the wall going up the staircase, but I don't want this weird trim. Is there a better way to cut - maybe a different blade?

And would anyone recommend this fake paneling for an entire room, with a chair rail - or do you think it's tacky? Would it be better to use wood panels and paint? thanks so much, Christine
Old 02-10-06, 12:26 AM
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I'm not familiar with the plastic material you're talking about.

For an inexpensive beadboard most people use the beaded plywood that Georgia Pacific sells. Lowes and Home Depot carry it as do many lumber yards. It comes in 4' by 8' sheets. The edges are ship lapped to disquise the seams. The last time I looked it was $22 per sheet. At the usual height for a beaded wainscot one sheet will do 12 feet of wall. With some sanding and careful painting it's hard to tell from the more expensive individual tongue and groove boards.

As far as cutting it is concerned buy or make a guide for your circular saw and use a plywood blade.

The home improvement stores sell books on finish carpentry and trim. They usually have chapters on the installation of beadboard wainscot. Lowes might even have on on-line guide to installation.

Good Luck
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I know the stuff. I considered using it until I found out it couldn't be sawn. I was told you have to score it with a utility knife and break it. Its more like concrete than plastic, very heavy.

I used the "Plytanium" beadboard. Cut it with a circular saw, plywood blade, upside down.

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