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Hi,

I have a cabin in central Maine that I am doing the interior walls in. Right now there is 3/8 plywood on the interior walls. This leaves me with the option to nail up just about anything.
I have a large stock of 1x4 pine that I would like to use.

One question I have is on spacing. It will be a dry winter time heated enviorment when I put these up. I've delt with cedar siding buckling because they were installed too close together. I'm not sure if I should have the same concern here.

Also, what would be the best way to finish this? I plan on using a poly finish after the wall is complete. Is it ok to just finish one surface of the board like this?

Thanks for your input.

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Hi,

Thanks for the welcome.
These are just straight. No T&G. They are from a company that makes shipping crates. They are 3 1/2 x 3/4. They have a fair share of knots and dings but are clean and straight. They have a nice rustic appeal with a coat of poly on them.

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This is only my opinion but if I was going to use just the staight boards I would go with no more than 1/8" spacing and would glue and brad them in. This should give you a nice rustic look.
Another way is a small dado and splines or t&g them with a slight profile on all edges.
 

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I would butt them as tight as you can get them. They will shrink, not swell. They will also cup, with the concave side facing the room. Painting the backs with polyurethane will help slow it down- but not eliminate it. You can also put he bark side of the boards toward the plywood which should help a bit. But the boards are only 4" wide so I wouldn't worry too much about it - especially if you T&G them.

If you decide not to T&G them and just butt the edges, spray cheap flat black paint behind each seam so the plywood doesn't show when they shrink.

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cool warning - lol

If you decide not to T&G them and just butt the edges, spray cheap flat black paint behind each seam so the plywood doesn't show when they shrink.
 
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