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Old 10-11-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

I've seen many beautiful bus conversions on these boards that use tongue and groove wood on the ceilings. Does anyone know how they're commonly attached? Every bus I've found that has a ceiling like this has omitted the process. Most don't seem to have visible fasteners. One I can remember used furring strips soaked in a nearby creek, but it wasn't clear how those strips were secured to the ceiling.

I can only see two possibilities:

1) Just screwing into ceiling ribs.
It'll obviously work, though I don't think it would look quite as amazing as a ceiling without visible fasteners.

2) Construction adhesive.
I'm not sure this would work, but it seems plausible. There is only about an inch and change on each rib that would be holding on to the wood. Granted, most boards would span more than one rib, but it's still not much in the way of surface area.

Is there a method I'm missing? Other thoughts?
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

I know how I will be doing mine... I will be using 1/4" luan to build a sub-ceiling, so to speak. This I can screw into, just gotta make sure I sink the heads, and it will serve to go around all the ribs, screw heads, etc... Then, my ceiling will attach to that. I may go with a cork ceiling, though, so I would just use adhesive to attach to the luan. If I was going with T&G pine, I would use the really thin stuff (5/16") and use construction adhesive and brads (just to hold as the adhesive cured). I would have the T&G going lengthwise, with the bus, so that would make things substantially easier.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

Definitely an appealing option, though I'm doing what I can to keep as much headroom as possible in the bus. I'll fight for even 1/4".
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

Yeah, I understand... I'm 5'10", the tallest in my family, and have about 2+" of headroom, so not as much of an issue for me.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

I can tell you I tried 1/4 lauan and I couldn't get it to bend the corners of the ceiling. I tried bead board brad nailed to strapping. And the brads wouldn't hold that. I have no ideas now since my last attempt failed miserably. 1/8 luan. It's basically wet paper. So keep me posted on some good ideas.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

I never really liked the aesthetics of the luan, and kept looking for other options. I wound up using thin wainscotting from Lowe's. It all came together quite nicely - you can see how we did over here in my build thread: http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...art=75#p580983

The individual boards were screwed to the ribs in addition to tongue in groove with each other. Some rows didn't even get screws because they are quite secure without them.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:38 AM   #7
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Re: Tongue and Groove Wood Ceilings

Check out my build see how I bent 1/4" plywood on the ceiling.

Tongue and groove installations that use nails will often hide the nails by putting them in on an angle into the tongue. Then thegroove piece hides tthe nail head. I'm not sure it'd work as well with sheet metal screws. Only one way to find out!
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I'm exactly at this stage right now and I'm anxious to see what others have come up with. If I find a way, I'll definitely share.

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I'm exactly at this stage right now and I'm anxious to see what others have come up with. If I find a way, I'll definitely share.
Dusting-off the archives again, I see?

I feel like I'm almost at that stage, too, but other exterior stuff keeps popping-up.

Are you attaching directly to ribs, or have you been following the Engineers discus thermal transfer? I will probably use the bent plywood on the ribs to act as barrier.

I also will probably go T & G cedar on the roof, once all my cross-over wiring is in place. I do want to ask my lumber mill guy if he has anything with character first.

I need a few more weeks of warmth or more hands.
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I almost hate to bring it up but I feel this suggestion may be a viable alternative to a wood ceiling. I plan to use vinyl that looks like wood. (I hope the purists don't throw eggs at my post.)



For those of us who may be looking to either find a cheaper alternative or to make installation easier I feel this is a good substitute. Some wood-like vinyl can look pretty nice.
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