I started my office build-along project here, ago, and last week I gave an update on my progress. It's been a while, because all this rain we've been getting makes it hard to work when I've got to spread out and let stains/stealers dry. Last week I had a few clear days so embarked on the next phase of my project. The walls of my office are textured drywall, not suitable for the backing of my bookshelves. At the old house, I was closing off a large interior window, so I used 3/4 inch finished plywood to do the job and that worked well. Here, such thickness would be a liability, so I needed something thin. Unfortunately, most interior "paneling" is very 70s-ish and cheesy. Plus, it's all pre-finished and nothing really matched the walnut look I'm going with. Not what I wanted. And you'd be surprised how difficult it is to find unfinished paneling. Finally, after much frustration, I found some think sheets of lauan at McCoys. I'd never heard of it before. Apparently, it was more common in the 50s and 60s than it is today. It's euphemistically referred to as "Philippine mahogany," which is funny because nobody is going to confuse it with mahogany. Plus, it's cheap.
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