This new construction summer cottage overlooking Carter Lake in Berthoud, Colorado is not a big home, but it’s packed with awesome finish work! One of the more challenging projects was installing 500 sqft of Pine tongue and groove on the rake ceiling. The challenge was in the 16’ lengths of Pine not remaining straight and true after being stained outside in the sun.
There are many ways to install a Tongue and Groove Ceiling. With that being said, some are better than others! With some foresight and planning, solid processes and the right tools, tongue and groove install will go smoothly and the finished product will be beautiful! If possible, I think it is best to install the tongue and groove directly to the ceiling studs, so no drywall. Drywall is often not smooth, has bumps and dips, not to mention you can’t see the studs you are nailing to! If you have to go over drywall, you can install 1″ x 2″ strips of pine to the ceiling and shim them level with a laser. This will ensure a smooth install and a quality product. Another point worth noting on tongue and groove install is to only stain the tongues of the boards before nailing them up. This avoids the boards cupping and twisting.
The Box Beams were a fun project! We started 16′ lengths of 1′ x 6′ Pine, ran them through the joiner to get a flat glue surface on the edges, and then constructed U beams and L beams using wood biscuits, pocket screw and glue and clamps. We tried to leave the small edge a little proud of the face, so there would be less material to sand, but this wood was quite warped and bowed, so we didn’t always achieve that goal. Lot’s of sanding followed, 3 grits of sandpaper down to 220 for a very smooth finish. We installed the beams to cleats glued and nailed to the ceiling.