Wall decoration made of wooden blocks cut across the grain
For natural decorative materials, for indoor and outdoor use, one must undoubtedly a stone. As a rule, fireplaces are lined with it, small wall fragments or pillars. Also greenery in a peaceful mini garden covered with stone and possibly supplemented with a fountain, with constantly gushing water, it can be a charming corner of the apartment.
A continuation of the stone garden towards the ceiling may be a wooden decoration, the shape and arrangement of which will be similar to that of a stone wall. The front surface of the decoration will be made of wood cut across the grain, the rings of which will form a series of centric rings. Visibly woody wood is best suited for these purposes, e.g.. larch, pine or spruce.
Drawing. A decoration composition for a wall lined with blocks with a door and decorative plaster: 1 - blocks cut crosswise, 2 - blockboard, 3 - decorative plaster, 4 - stone wall garden, 5 - air humidifier (mini fountain), 6 - stones, 7 - room plants, 8 - doors in natural veneer.
The noble plaster over the door and the maple wood coffered ceiling can perfectly complement this material combination. An alternative solution to the door height of the lining and fine plaster is shown in the figure.
Drawing. Brick decoration up to the door height; alternative solution to the picture above: 1 - decoration made of blocks, 2 - stone wall garden, 3 - decorative plaster, 4 - doors in natural veneer.
The production of the blocks is relatively simple, except for finishing a large number of elements.
Well-dried edged lumber, of any length, of various thickness and width, 5-20 cm, is planed on four sides on the thicknesser. After flaring, approximately the same amount of material should be obtained in five thickness classes, i.e.. 15, 30, 45, 60 i 75 mm. Then, distorted planes are ground to avoid grinding small blocks.
The friezes obtained in this way are cut into blocks of length on a circular saw 20 mm. On a disc grinder, one face plane of each pad is machined, and with sandpaper, rounds the eight visible edges.
The processed blocks are glued to the cut-to-size and sanded blockboard. Mounting holes in the board are made after the blocks are glued, in the gaps between the blocks. When sticking wooden blocks, use an adhesive that provides a flexible joint (e.g.. butaprene). The glue is applied to the block in points, so that it does not deform. The method of application and the type of glue are dictated by changes in air humidity in summer and winter and the considerable width of the blocks (do 20 cm) causing periodic changes in its dimensions up to 0,5 mm. Lack of elastic binder will cause the blocks to crack.
The following rules determine the choice of the composition of the arrangement of blocks in a muffin-like lining:
- slots (run) between the blocks can only form the letter T; never a cross layout (drawing);
Drawing. The alternation of slots (breaks) between the blocks: a) correct (T-shaped slot), b) incorrect (cross fissure).
- slots (run) the horizontal ones should be shifted relative to each other by at least one width of the narrowest block (drawing).
Drawing. Horizontal alternation of the slots: a) correct (alternation by one thickness), b) incorrect weaving of horizontal gaps.
Similar rules should also apply to the construction of a stone wall.
After all the blocks have been glued and the glue has dried, the entire block lining is varnished several times by spraying. After each layer of varnish, only the front surfaces of the blocks are sanded. The sanding dust should be carefully blown out of the gaps. As a result of spraying the varnish several times, all the pores in the front plane of the blocks will be filled and a uniform, smooth surface. It can be varnished to matte or gloss. After the varnish has dried, the carpet board is screwed to the wall.