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02-23-2020 01:51 PM

I want to recreate these vertical slats. What wood would you recommend? Just stained poplar?

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#1 posted 02-23-2020 02:02 PM


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#2 posted 02-23-2020 02:10 PM

Brown kind.

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#3 posted 02-23-2020 04:45 PM

Could be Alder. Your picture is pretty much useless for IDing wood. That’s why the answers are what they are.

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#4 posted 02-23-2020 06:09 PM

Have no idea, impossible to say from those photos, but I am going to guess Jatoba, it is being marketed all over the place now as brazilian cherry, especially in the states.

If I am wrong, then I am sure Tony_S is right.

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#5 posted 02-23-2020 07:06 PM

Too late for my guess? Walnut Alder?

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#6 posted 02-24-2020 02:44 AM

Which vertical wood? One on upstairs wall, or one on lower wall?
They are different.

+1 pictures are useless for determining wood type.

FWIW – looks like commercial wall covering product used for noise reduction. The commercial panels are popular in high end homes with home theater, or large open spaces with modern glass/chrome designs to avoid having an echo chamber. Cheaper versions are wood slats bonded to sound absorbing foam. Commercial versions have wood hard mounted thru foam to base panel.

Suggest you find a local commercial Armstrong wall finishes distributor to see the numerous options available:

DIY versions are labor intensive, such as this random WWW article:

Ask Google about ‘wood slat wall’ if you want to know more.

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#7 posted 02-24-2020 03:18 AM

If that’s jungle trees outside it could be wood from the rain forest. Some of them we will never see here in the states.
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#9 posted 02-24-2020 01:58 PM

From wilschroter
Sent 02-24-2020 06:07 AM
Subject Folow-up on Wood Slats Question

Hey thanks for the info on the Armstrong products for wood slats.

Question – I’m looking for a product that I can do a slat-style installation for that would hold up well outdoors. This will be for the face of an outdoor kitchen island area. I’d like something that looks like walnut in color, but not necessarily species/grain. How would you go about selecting the product and finishing it? I’m assuming staining/poly on poplar would probably not be the best option for outdoors but I’m a newbie so don’t know.

Sorry, not going to answer questions via PM when others might benefit from conversation. :-)

FWIW: #IAMAKLUTZ not an expert. :-)
Have assisted with installation of an Armstrong wall/ceiling slat system once in small community theater. Have also installed pre-made foam/slat panels in a home theater I had about 12 years ago. Don’t have enough experience to help with vast array of permeation’s sold in market to help anymore than original suggestion to contact Armstrong commercial distributor?

IME – The primary use of slat walls (beyond decoration) is sound redirection and absorption. Have not doubt that exterior systems exist, but have zero experience on them.

Thinking out loud:
Exposed wood outdoors requires annual maintenance to keep it looking nice. Most commercial outdoor wood structures can not afford the annual maintenance time/costs, and would likely be stained pressure treated wood, or faux wood. The faux products being either composite wood/plastic products like Trex, or 100% vinyl textured to look like wood. If you search for exterior slat wall products and composite decking boards, you can find both types online that might be possible solution?

Best Luck.

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#10 posted 02-24-2020 02:51 PM

I’d say go with what you have available and in the price range that suits you.

Stained Poplar might be one of the least expensive and it’s easy to work with.
Walnut might look great but the costs are rising. I’m glad I got my stash years ago.
If you are at all thinking about a high-humidity area like a bathroom, Ipe or several other exotics that are being marketed towards indestructible decks, might be great. I saw a beautiful bathroom paneled in Ipe with a stunning path across the floor and going right up the wall and around the shower area. Must’ve been a bit pricey.

My bathroom is mostly paneled with tongue and groove cedar and it looks warm and nature-like. I hope your project turns out well.

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#11 posted 02-24-2020 03:25 PM

@captainklutz this is EXACTLY what I needed. Thanks for that. I happened upon the Armstrong stuff yesterday and realized that was what I was looking for but the acoustic tile version was great too.

I’d like to do a wood siding on my house but I’m definitely concerned about sun exposure (even in Ohio..) and maintenance since these panels will be second floor high in some cases. I’ll look into some composite materials to see if something fits better.

As always thanks for the great support everyone. I always love the advice I get here.

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