Updating tongue and groove oak panel
During the postwar housing boom, the pine industry promoted its use with lots of advertising.It was very accessible for handy, thrifty do-it-yourselfers.Pine was also a favorite tree of loggers since pine logs can still be processed in a lumber mill a year or more after being cut down. Fast forward to the middle of the 20th century, fast-growing pine remained an easy wood to obtain.In contrast, most hardwood trees such as cherry, maple, oak, and ash must be cut into 1” thick boards immediately after felling or large cracks will develop in the trunk which can render the wood worthless. It’s a relatively soft wood — so it’s easy for lumber mills, pattern makers and installers to work with.Also, I like the idea of using randow widths and piecing them together.That said, I do not know if folks would have done this in the wayback time machine days. We welcome any reader sleuthing on this question — this pickwick pine puzzle will now perturb Pam until an answer is apprehended.In the industry, this profile is known as pattern “WP-2” — see the diagram above. Buy your boards, let them rest in the house for a few days to adjust to the humidity, start piecing the boards together, coat them in wood conditioner and then lay on the liquid bug poop — aka Amber Shellac, and voila, you got yer room full o’ knotty pine — just like at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.The catalog we found from 1960 also called WP-2 “butterfly pattern” (this terminology spotted in the yellow area of text in the image above). And likely, their grandma and grandpa’s, too — we have some reason this profile goes back to the early 20th century — maybe even earlier.
Moreover, in midcentury America, knotty pine was not only considered practical — it was downright fashionable, said to to Ed Vorhees, who has owned Tidewater Lumber in Greer, S. I asked Vorhees if he knew where the name Pickwick Pine came from, but he did not know.The Wikipedia page on pinus strobus also says: species, was a highly desired wood since huge, knot-free boards were the rule rather than the exception.