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Seth
Where can I find the fir beadboard ceiling used on a recent episode?

We love the look of a fir beadboard ceiling for a porch but I can't find the right product anywhere. None of the big chains carry it, specialty shops like Anderson McQuiad don't have the right size. But then on TOH they install the EXACT product we are searching for but neglect to mention where they got it. Please help!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Where can I find the fir beadboard ceiling used on a...

Seth,

I would never look to a big box store for quality wood. They purchase the worst of the left over junk from mills. Wood that even I would throw away instead of using. All their wood is still wet also. Any good quality mill can cut any size that you need. I have acutally milled my own for a couple places in our kitchen where someone broke the beadboard while installing an electrical box many, many years ago. I purchased air and kiln dried wood and milled my own using nothing more than a table saw and a router.

I have no trouble finding multiple mills on the east coast of the US that will mill any size wood, and any size bead, and bead spacing that is needed.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Seth
Re: Where can I find the fir beadboard ceiling used on a...

How much time would it take to mill 1,000 or so square feet of beadboard, and what kind of tools would that require? My to-do list is about 8 pages long, and the ceiling is supposed to be the quick and easy part of the porch Victorian porch...

When I last inquired at a local shop, just getting a custom knife made for a back band was $800, I imagine something this size would be a lot more. But it might be worth it if I buy a lot, but price may determine if we do this for both porches or just one. So if I can buy it off the shelf that seems to be preferable.

TOH lists every other product used in that episode, even the boots the kids wore, but not the beadboard. I think I have emailed them at every possible address now, hopefully someone will reply.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Where can I find the fir beadboard ceiling used on a...

Seth,

That type of lumber is measured in board feet. It is cut into 4", 5", 6" or 8" widths. Not in 4'x8' sheets like are in the dump stores. My shaper will cut 12" of lumber every 8-10 seconds. I would say approx half a day maybe, to cut everything. That price is little steep for a set of blades. I usually pay between $350 - $600, depending on the amount of detail. As far as the tools, any good quality shaper, router, table saw or even a hand plane can all mill beads in lumber. I don't recommend the hand plane unless you have huge arms, shoulders and back.

There are all kinds of places that I know off the top of my head to purchase douglas fir and have beads cut into them. I have also found many locations via searching online. Some even have the milled lumber in stock, just the way you want it.

I hope this helps you

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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