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We have a customer who wants this look on all walls up a 3 story stairwell. Originally we planned on a 1x6 poplar with a nickel joint profile, but curious if anyone has some better advice. My concern with the poplar is movement and straightness. The lengths will be 12' on the longest area of wall. It's going over drywall and the space is conditioned.
As it's all paint-grade, I would suggest exploring Windsor One products.
Poplar is not a bad choice but if the budget is there Soft Maple is harder and more stable.
Here in southern Fairfield county Ct. This is the hot new thing over the past couple of years and have done tons of it . Hardwood isn't the answer though I would always use it when possible but Mdf is the right choice . Especially because the painters that work on the jobs we do spray everything. We have done this before at the request of the architect with poplar , back primed , and there was way to much movement after the first heating season , and you don't get that perfectly smooth and flat finish most people around here look for . Just my two cents
I would lay face veneered MDF strips on larger 1/2" ply panels with the nickel strips and such in place. Ship them out in a few parts, and hang them on the wall with z-clips. This brings more dollars into your shop and gives you control over the end product.
Nailing Poplar onto the wall will be marginal at best, as that stuff moves way too much. Maple would be a step up, but only a bit.
When you look at that photo, it is a very tailored look with edges that must read flat and parallel. Remember, simple is often harder than ornate.
Depends on the job , we rip it push through the shaper and pl and nail to the wall , other times we use full sheets that we have grooved . The one thing is we use Ranger brand Mdf , because of its density the milled egde paints up more easily than Trupan . It's heavier also but its worth it .
Poplar very bad choice. If you can even get poplar to adhere to those types of tolerances for reveals which I would say would be very tough from the get go. But even then it will never stay that clean and you will have to back prime everything. It will either have to be glue up for stability out of say soft maple or just use a composite or equal. Many very nice choices out there aside from solid wood. Solid wood is just not a good fit for us when we do high end contemporary work with very clean reveals like this. I mean a 1/16-1/8 inch of momement on any one piese will stand out like a soar thumb, my fear would be they would all move around and look like a puzzle you picked up and had shaken. Good luck looks like a nice project