Nursery Theme


My wife and I have chosen a farm theme for our babies nursery. We want to simulate a barn trim 'look' on the walls. We purchased 1x3 for the chair rail but it is a little thick for the existing trim in the room. Is it possible to purchase lumber that is 1/2 by 3? Or, can I have the wood I purchased planed thinner?
Thanks for the help.
This is how the barn 'look' will look.
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If you'd be planing all the way down to 1/2", why don't you resaw the 1" boards? (Assuming actual thickness is a full 1"). You'd lose around 1/16"-1/8" to the kerf, but planing off 1/2" seems like quite a waste. A bandsaw is ideal for resawing - if you don't have one, maybe you could borrow one? Or get a little one - perfect excuse to buy a tool! I have a 10" bandsaw that's functional, but if I were getting it again and really couldn't afford or justify a larger one, I'd look at the 10" Rikon at Woodcraft (or the 10" Craftsman that appears identical) for $140-150. Good luck and congrats on your new (or soon to come?) addition to the family, Andy
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Mon, Feb 20, 2006, 7:57pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com doth say: My wife and I have chosen a farm theme for our babies nursery. We want to simulate a barn trim 'look' on the walls.<snip>
Why, pray tell? Have you ever been "in" a barn? Your child will probably grow up with major complexes. Wallpaper the room, with lambs and such, and paint clouds on the ceiling. You can always re-paper later, or paint it. I know if I was your kid, I'd appreciate that a lot more then being kidded about being brought up in a barn, for the rest of my life Give the kid a break. If you "really" want a barn, make the poor kid a "barn" toy box later, or do "your" bedroom as a barn.
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J T wrote:

If you wallpaper, PAINT or SIZE THE ROOM FIRST, if it's new.
The previous owner of my home wallpapered directly to wallboard. Since it wouldn't come off without destroying the drywall, I got to skim coat and sand a few rooms, which was a major PITA on a 4 year old home.
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Thanks for being concerned JT!
I have been in a barn. I grew up in Iowa. However, it is simply a trim and we have some pictures of rooms similarly decorated. It is very cute, not complex inducing!
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Cedar fence pickets work pretty well. You may want to do a tongue and groove on the tablesaw or router though. Don't use pressure treated, of course!
You can keep the rough-cut look, but make sure you sand enough to get rid of the splinters.
Regardless of what you end up using, at only 1/2" make sure you dry it well for a week or two indoors before putting it on the wall. Otherwise, it'll cup terribly.
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Thanks for all the info!
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