When I first started installing my own v-joint boards, I really didn't have any experience. I pretty much looked at how they fit together, and puzzled it out for myself. Since then, I have learned a couple of valuable lessons, and today was no exception (I believe).
On of the biggest things I have come to realize and understand is that butt joints on the ends don't have to look as crappy as my first ones did - simply beveling the ends before butting them together makes a world of difference to their appearance! I never thought of that, or noticed it, previous to my having already done the sauna, and the upstairs bedroom ceilings. Then I saw another carpenter starting on his own v-joint project, and mentioning that he had only JUST been taught to bevel the ends to make them look slick - by a more experienced carpenter than himself. Gosh that really clicked for me.
So, I did that upstairs and it turned out looking really much improved.
Downstairs I began to think I had things down pat. I still am a bit wondering about how things will work with me nailing through the 1/8" board, but I remind myself that I'm using 2" brad nails, so they really should be getting good purchase in my logs.
It wasn't until today when I went to continue on the wall after a few days break that I noticed something that took me back to my first paneling upstairs and an unresolved question I had.
I noticed after doing the upstairs, that between my boards some rather large gaps had grown. They weren't completely open, but I could see the tongue portion of the boards between the bevels along their long edges. It disappointed me a bit, but I chalked it up to my own inability to tighten up the joints, even though in the back of my head, I felt I had done a good job on that when I first installed things.
|Eagle eyes can see the 1/16" gaps between the beveled edges.|
|Didn't even look up from his lessons while this was happening - such focus!|
|He's excited to have a good excuse to watch tv while eating now - perfect orientation!|
Instead, I hit up the shovel again and piled more sand along the water line - which has its own interesting issue, but that, as they say, is another story...