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Forum topic by jbt308 posted 12-18-2018 09:44 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2018 09:44 PM

Hello everyone,

Quick history

Recently received about 400bf(very rough estimate) of old pecky cypress which was removed from a 50+ year old house in Palm Beach. It was used as wall paneling. No water damage, the owner just wanted to change the design of the house, so his loss, my gain. Pretty tight grained and the patina is a lovely brown, and the boards are between 6-9” wide and about 5-8’ long.

Here’s the rub:

The cypress is glued to an underlayment of particle board


I was able to cut away the particleboard on a board, nothing terrible, but that leaves about 3/8” of cypress left over and my question to the community is:

What sort of projects could I use for this kind of wood at this thickness(3/8”). Tea chests and veneer first pop to mind, but figured I’d crowdsource it.

Thanks all!

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#1 posted 12-18-2018 10:15 PM

for the boards that do not have the openings,
bat houses, wood duck boxes, bird houses,
all kinds of really neat outdoor stuff.
for the pecky boards, there is a demand for just what they are.
wall decoration or wainscoting for bars, etc.

I planed down some cypress to 1/4” thick to veneer
the plywood transom on my aluminum boat.


-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#2 posted 12-18-2018 10:19 PM

Sounds like it would be beautiful as a wall covering in another house. If it is like I imagine, it would bring a good price on Craigslist for that purpose. That is a lot of material to make boxes or veneer out of all of it..

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#3 posted 12-18-2018 10:37 PM

You can always laminate it to make thicker boards for outdoor furniture, etc.

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 04:56 AM

All good suggestions, thank you!

I’d love to put it up as wall covering! The only problem is that it takes so long to saw that particleboard from the cypress(unless I just repurpose it as is). I think relaming for projects may be the way to go.

Thanks again all!

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#5 posted 12-21-2018 04:38 AM

Cypress is so resistant to weathering I wonder how it would do to submerge it until the particle board gave up in the water. Other than that it sounds like a resaw job and cleanup with an old set of blades in a planer.

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