Installing wood ceiling

Old 02-02-02, 06:21 PM
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Has anyone installed their own wood ceiling before? Would like to install pine ceiling in dining room. I believe tongue and groove 1"x6" would be easiest, but cannot find any plans or how to's so far.

Have gotten one estimate to have it done of a little over $2,000. That seems pretty high.

Old 02-07-02, 06:58 PM
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I installed a wood ceiling. I used shiplap pine, 1 x 10. It was sometimes difficult to squeeze the boards together as over their length they warped. I used black nails with large heads (about 3/16" - maybe 1/4") as I was going to stain the wood and I wanted the nails to blend - well, not be metal colored. I nailed on the supportive side of the plank only (in your case, the 'groove' side) as this will hold the adjacent plank. I did this to minimise the number of nails. For the same reason I nailed on alternate rafters so you didn't see lines of nails. Whatever way you are going to finish the ceiling you MUST do one coat on the wood before you install it. I stained mine and you MUST stain the tongues of the wood before they go up. The wood will shrink (no matter what the lumber yard says) and if it is not prestained you will be left with unsightly 'white' gaps in the joins - besides it is easier to work on ground level. I gave it a second staining after I installed it (to cover nail marks and to deepen the color). You should have a foam brush on hand to stain the ends of the planks as you cut them during installation. And DON'T have joins in a line. You must stagger them. Oh, another thing. I did my ceiling in two stages. I bought the wood from the same place but it looked different (color) when I stained it. Order it all at once.

It looks really nice and I get compliments. Feel free to call
Magogglethorp@hotmail .com

Good luck,


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