Shiplap and Paneling

In the past few years, paneling has come back into vogue. The term “Shiplap” has come to represent a number of different products. It can be customized to fit any space, big or small.  It’s perfect for turning a dull and cold space into a warm, cozy interior.

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Shiplap vs Tongue and Groove

Shiplap vs Tongue and Groove – A shiplap has a notch in the board halfway though called a rabbet. Each edge of the board is rabbeted on opposite faces, so the boards nestle together. Tongue and Groove (T&G) is when the notch is cut on the front and back faces on one edge and in the center of the other edge. Sometimes the edge of one face is beveled, giving the boards a “V-Groove” when pushed together. Any of these options can be ordered as natural or primed, smooth or rough sawn.


Another general term, wainscoting is paneling that goes partway up a wall, typically a third to halfway. This can be done using a beaded board or panel, shiplap, tongue and groove, or made using raised panel moldings.

What is Nickel Gap

Regardless if a board is milled as shiplap or tongue and groove, it can be milled to fit tight together, or so that when the boards are abutted with a slight spacing called Nickel or Shadow Gap.


Raised Panel Wainscoting

Rough Sawn

Shadow or Nickel Gap

Shiplap Ceilings


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