Shiplap – make your own!

Thanks to Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” everyone seems to want shiplap in their houses!

I’ve been making my own shiplap for many years, and it’s not difficult to do.
Put dado blades on your table saw and cut a rabbet that takes away half the thickness of your wood. Flip the wood and make a rabbet on the other long edge. If that sounds confusing, a picture is worth a thousand words: 
Your boards then overlap and can be made in any thickness and any width, depending on the use.
I used shiplap on the back of my buffet that I posted about here on my blog in 2010.
Shiplap allows wood to expand and contract with the seasons. The gaps between each board will widen during dry weather and get narrower during times of higher humidity.
Have you made your own shiplap?
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  1. I love this. I am considering doing shiplap on the dividing wall of our barn house, but haven't decided yet. This is definitely the way to do it, especially if you want anything other than the pine the local lumberyards carry.

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