Board & Batten {post 4}

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

This one is for Jaime, and I apologize that it took me a few days to get this out here.  Jaime asked in a comment from a previous post about the top board in the board and batten:

Pink toes – question about your outer edges (corners) on the top boards – I think I see they are square cuts flush over each other and not mitered? I think this looks fine because that’s what my plan is too. Does is really look fine or should I bother to miter?

Yep, it is square cuts that butt up against the next board rather than mitered corners.  I did this for a few reasons:

  1. I was attempting to use only 1 sheet of 4×8 mdf and I didn’t have a lot of room for error
  2. I don’t have a lot of experience with mitered joints like this, which meant I would probably have a lot of errors 🙂
  3. I was a little afraid that the mitered joints using mdf might not be able to withstand the abuse they will probably take on the corners where these will be.  Since mitered joints are cut at an angle, they don’t have the thickness the butt joints do.  I haven’t worked with mdf prior to this, so these may be unfounded concerns, but it was what factored into my decision.

As far as whether or not they look fine, I’m good with how these turned out.  They would be even better if I had perfectly matched up the ends.  Most of them were really good, but I did have one that could have been better.  Here are some close ups:

This is the one that could have used some improvement

With close up scrutiny you may prefer mitered corners, but I’m just fine with what I ended up with:

I did make sure that the view we see most often did not have the end part exposed toward.  I made sure that part had the straight board.  Does that make sense?

I do have to say that you may be amazed at finding out how uneven your walls are after putting this up.  I think our walls are pretty good and there were still some spots where I was surprised.

Also, I was frustrated with the tutorials on board and batten that are out there that leave out how they attach the battens to the wall when there is no stud behind it to nail into.  My Man did not want any construction adhesive on the wall that would cause damage if we decide to remove this in the future.  I asked the very talented Sandra this very question when I finally gave up finding the answer out there with the MANY board and batten tutorials on the web.  She was kind enough to provide an entire post on how she solved that problem here. I used her advice and it worked fantastic.  The batten are tight to the wall without adhesive behind them.

Update!!  Sandra migrated her site and lost some of her data in the move.  I was told that this link no longer works, so I am going to explain how I went about this.  It is really easy and I have had no issues with wiggly boards.  Basically, instead of nailing straight back into the wall where there is no stud for the nail to grip, you are going to angle the nails.  One nail angled down toward the floor and the next angled up toward the ceiling.



Between attaching the boards this way and the caulk that you will be using on the edges, this method works perfectly.

Hope that helps Jaime!  And those of you who have not been to Jaime’s blog That’s My Letter need to go check it out right now.  Jaime lives in a parallel universe to mine where there are 48 hours in each day.  That is the only possible way she can get all she does done.  At least that’s what I tell myself each time I visit her…

The reveal is next!